Trout productor achieves ASC certificate
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Piscifactoria Del Alba facilities (Photo: ASC)SPAINMonday, April 17, 2017,23:00 (GMT + 9)Piscifactoria Del Albahas

Piscifactoria Del Alba facilities. (Photo: ASC)


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Monday, April 17, 2017, 23:00 (GMT + 9)


Piscifactoria Del Alba has become the first Spanish firm to obtain theAquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) in compliance with the requirements of its Freshwater Trout Standard.

The firm received the certificate after an audit performed by Acoura Marine Limited, which verified such a standard focusing on the social and environmental impact of trout farming at each of its three rainbow trout farm sites Alba I, Alba II, and Alba III.

All the ASC certified trout farming centres are forced to measure certain water parameters (nitrogen, phosphorous, oxigen, etc.) at regular period and to make sure they remain with the set limits.

Furthermore, in line with the core principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the ASC Farm Standards prohibit any form of forced labour and farms must demonstrate that they are a safe working environment, and that employees have good working conditions, fair wages and regulated working hours. Farms are also required to regularly consult surrounding communities to ensure they are good neighbours and address any potential community impact from the farm

In this regard, Esther Luiten, ASC Commercial Director, pointed out the farm joins a distinguished group of producers who have met strict criteria to show that they care for nature and the people who work on and live near their farms.

For his part, the firm’s Quality and Food Safety Manager, Fidel Cabero Díaz, stressed the fact that the company he represents has been working for years to be respectful with the environment and ensured the ASC certification will enable them to expand their market towards those people who also care about the environment.

Located in the north of Spain, in the Principality of Asturias, Piscifactoría del Alba has been dedicated to the production of rainbow trout for more than 50 years.

The farm supplies trout to Colruyt in Spain and exports to multiple European markets including Belgium, Denmark, and Germany.

"A sustainable fish assortment is a priority to Colruyt Group”, said Michel Jenquin, who buys fish for the group. 

“Most of our aquaculture fish is ASC certified. By supporting the first Spanish producer of ASC trout, we will be able to offer the first ASC certified frozen trout in our different store formats from now on. It allows us to meet the increasing demand of our customers for more sustainable products,” Jenquin commented.

The production process for Piscifactoria Del Alba begins in the Alba River, in the heart of the Redes Natural Park, a Biosphere Reserve. The Alba River is known for its excellent water quality. In order to preserve optimal natural conditions, the farm works to control and reduce any environmental impact generated by its activity.

Due to the high quality of inland water which is well suited to farming the species, rainbow trout production is expected to drive the further expansion of the country’s inland aquaculture business.

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