The Bakkafrost salmon farm in Gøtuvík is ASC certified. This makes Gøtuvík the first farm in the Faroe Islands to be ASC certified.
The ASC standard was developed in cooperation with WWF. The standard is seen as the most stringent in the aquaculture industry and outlines 8 main requirements with 422 individual points with stringent requirements regarding fish welfare, lice, smolt production, feed production and the environment.
In 2014, Bakkafrost announced a goal that the first farm would be ASC certified in 2015. Relatively few farms in the world have managed to obtain ASC certification.
Regin Jacobsen, CEO of Bakkafrost, states "it is decisive for the competitiveness of Bakkafrost that we follow the toughest international standards and we continuously set yourselves new and challenging goals. ASC is a very thorough and challenging international standard that requires that our procedures are sustainable.
Bakkafrost is working on getting more farms ASC certified.
Bakkafrost already has several other international certifications: The whole value chain is GlobalGAP certified and the processing plants are BRC, IFS and ASC certified.
Bakkafrost is the largest salmon farmer in the Faroe Islands. The Group is fully integrated from feed production to smolt, farming, VAP and sales. The Group has production of fishmeal, fish oil and salmon feed in Fuglafjørður. The Group has primary processing in Glyvrar, Kollafjørður and Vágur, and secondary processing (VAP) in Glyvrar. The Group operates sea farming in Norðoyggjar, Eysturoy, Streymoy and Suðuroy. The headquarter is located in Glyvrar, and the company has 960 fulltime employees.