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Italy: Rainbow trout certified sustainable

The Friend of the Sea certification has been given to SOCIETÀ Agricola Sterpo SpA, based in the province of Udine, Northern Italy, for its rainbow trout production.

Friend of the Sea has already certified more than 25 aquaculture products from 10 different species: caviar, cod, halibut, salmon, sea bass, seabream, sea trout, sturgeon, rainbow trout, turbot. Products originate from both inland and offshore plants in France, Italy, Spain and UK. Forthcoming audit in March include mussels in Spain, kingfish in Australia and salmon and cod in Norway.

Sustainable feed
Friend of the Sea is also starting audit of several main fishmeal and fish feed products worldwide following retailers' request for certified sustainable fish feed.

Visibility and credibility
"Consumers are more and more demanding for sustainable production, a concept easier for them to understand than organic," comments Mr Paolo Colautti of Società Agricola Sterpo. "Friend of the Sea certification has gained visibility and credibility on the market.

It represents for us an important added value and further recognition of our environmental commitment." "The number of applications we are receiving from all over the world evidence the strong interest of aquaculture companies in a sustainability certification which can position them on the same level of wild-caught products, in terms of environmental performance," concludes Dr Paolo Bray, director of Friend of the Sea.

Related folder:
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Related website:
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Source: www.fishupdate.com  

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