Sixty South Announces 100% ASC Certified Pure Antarctic Salmon
Sixty South has become synonymous with its high sustainability standards to produce pure salmon from Antarctic waters. Therefore, recognised by industry, retailers, as well as, the MBA Seafood Watch program as a ‘Good Alternative’, states a report in prnewswire.com.
Sixty South’s salmon is grown in the pure, untouched, icy cold waters of the Antarctic. It produces antibiotic-free salmon that is uncontaminated by any nearby farms, the closest being 300 km away.
Subsequently, the company’s pristine location and tireless commitment to the most sustainable farming practices, has been rewarded with an Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification for 100 percent of its sites last year. Of which, Sixty South is thrilled to have received. This enables the company to supply ASC certified salmon to customers all year round and makes them the only salmon company in the global industry with 100% of the sites certified.
ASC certification process
The ASC standard evaluates the environmental performance of each farm alongside the sustainability policy and practices of the company with great focus on its relationship with stakeholders (employees, fishermen, neighbors, authorities, and beyond). ASC certification restricts the use of chemicals in the farms and in particular the use of pesticides, making it difficult to achieve the ASC certification. As stated by ASC CEO, Chris Nines, in November: “These are defined to allow only the best-performing salmon farms in a given region to enter the ASC certification process, and ensure that improvements in performance are driven universally.”
However, a special certification has also been issued to Sixty South by Sernapesca, Chile’s salmon farming authority, verifying its salmon as being raised without antibiotics. With the plan to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of antimicrobials, Sernapesca is prioritising the certification of the “raised without antibiotics” farms, as an endorsement to those that achieve this good result.
Sixty South continue to grow
Another milestone for Sixty South this year has been the development of a new hatchery and smolt plant that enable it to be completely integrated.
Nicos Nicolaides, CEO of Sixty South expresses that “We are proud of this development that will enable us to deliver ASC certified volumes to our customers 52 weeks a year. Our good environmental conditions, in the Magallanes region has helped us to achieve this important milestone. We are continuing our efforts to deliver Sixty South products to our key customers all over the world in 2019.”
With retailers, restaurants, food service providers and consumers demonstrating interest in and demanding sustainable solutions, Sixty South’s commitments and origin story position the company for a strong year ahead.
Sixty South will be presenting at the Seafood Expo in Boston, Mass., March 17-19 2019.
About Nova Austral (Sixty South parent company)
NOVA AUSTRAL is a Chilean salmon farmer and processor, owned by the companies Altor Fund III and Bain Capital. The company’s entire operations are located in Chile’s Region XII, in the Magellan and Antarctic Region, over 2,500 km from Santiago, the country’s capital city.
Editor: Victoria Rose