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
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
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
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.
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