15th October

Marine Harvest Ireland obtains global environmental standard

Marine Harvest Ireland - the first salmon farm worldwide to achieve organic certification - has been awarded the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for salmon, acknowledged as one of the highest international environmental and social sustainability standards for fish farming. 

The standard was obtained for a site at Deenish Island in Ballinskelligs Bay, Co Kerry.

MHI Deenish

According to MHI managing director Jan Feenstra, the standard is an endorsement of the company brand and the high standards they consistently aspire to and succeed in reaching.

"This particular accreditation was initiated by the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF),  recognised globally as a benchmark in building a future where human needs are met in harmony with nature."

MHI operations contribute over €15m to the domestic economy annually and involve 800 Irish suppliers.

"More significantly, we have a €22m investment earmarked for Ireland over the next five years, subject to new licences, renewals and improvements in existing licences," Feenstra added.

"This alone could create a further 250 direct jobs. The single biggest issue we face today is that we cannot meet demand for our product," he said.

ASC background

Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative), the ASC is an independent worldwide not-for-profit organisation. 

With its partners, the ASC runs an programme to transform the world's seafood markets and promote the best environmental and social aquaculture performance by increasing availability of certified responsibly-produced seafood to buyers and promoting use of the ASC logo.

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