Cromaris, a leading producer of Mediterranean white fish based in Croatia, has become the first producer to obtain ASC certification for all of its seabass, seabream, and meagre farms.
Cromaris has applied and successfully obtained ASC certification for all five of its seabass, seabream and meagre farms, certified by the independent auditor DNV GL Business Assurance Norway. The producer has also attained Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for its processing facility. CoC certification ensures that ASC seafood is properly handled and kept separate from non-certified food throughout the supply chain from farm to fork.
“We are proud to receive the ASC standard for all our farms. This reflects our strategy in terms of developing sustainable aquaculture of top quality and the freshest Mediterranean fish on the market. It is important to highlight that we have certified all our farms – 100% of the production. Our strategy is to guarantee these standards to all our customers and consumers. All customers working with Cromaris can be 100% certain they are going to get ASC certified fish. This is a principle we follow in implementing all our standards as well as with all characteristics of Cromaris branded products” said CEO of Cromaris, Goran Markulin.
“This is an impressive achievement for Cromaris and we’re really pleased to see their dedication to minimising the environmental and social impacts of their farms,” said Esther Luiten, ASC Commercial Director. “Certifying all of their farms against the ASC Seabass, Seabream, and Meagre Standard means even easier choice of responsibly produced fish for their customers. The ASC Seabass, Seabream and Meagre Standard is still relatively new but we’ve already seen plenty of demand from producers wanting to demonstrate their responsible practices.”
Cromaris operate five farms producing seabass, seabream and meagre, located off the Croatian coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Their main market is Italy, with strong growth in central European markets including France, Germany and Switzerland.
The ASC Seabass, Seabream, and Meagre Standard was launched in late 2018, and farms were able to arrange audits from March this year, following a six month effective period. Many farms around the Mediterranean have already achieved certification against the new standard, in Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Albania.