Nireus partnership, Med farms on track for ASC

Partnership between Nireus Aquaculture, the Greek retailer ΑB Vassilopoulos and WWF Greece will see three of Nireus’ Aquaculture farms become the first to gain the new Mediterranean farmed species certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) first launched in launched in September 20, 2018)

The collaboration will work together to improve management practices at three of Nireus’ on-growing sites. Frequent audits by third-party environmental auditor TUV Austria Hellas

The project was completed in 2019, and has allowed Nireus to apply for ASC certification.

In establishing its bass, bream and meagre certification the ASC has worked with Nireus, conducting pilot visits to its farming units in Greece and to other selected producers in the Mediterranean region.

Director of quality, research and development at Nireus, Leonidas Papaharisis said “With this initiative our goal is achieved and our products will be produced through applying further responsible practices, beneficial for both the environment and society”

“The completion of this pioneering initiative demonstrates the strength and effectiveness of the cooperation of strategic players in the supply chain, so as to minimise the impact of the industry.

Dionysis Dionysopoulos, director of quality assurance with retailer ΑB Vassilopoulos part of the Ahold-Delhaize Group said “Offering certified sea bream and seabass will help us to contribute to further reduction of the aquaculture impact in the Greek marine environment, while enabling consumers to reward the best practices,” the chain wants to ensure a large part of its seafood offering comes from “sustainable and responsible sources”.

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