Clean Seas earns Aquaculture Stewardship Council tick

Local seafood company Clean Seas Seafood will look to further promote its sustainability in international markets after gaining certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

The company obtained the Seriola and Cobia Standard of the council's certification earlier this month.

Standards for the accreditation standard require companies to minimise or eliminate key environmental and social impacts of farming the genera of seriola and cobia fish, of which Clean Seas' Hiramasa Kingfish falls under the former, while also being economically viable.

Managing director and chief executive officer David Head said Clean Seas' Spencer Gulf Hiramasa Kingfish was widely recognised as a high quality raw fish and this accreditation, considered the gold standard in aquaculture, validated the company's environmentally responsible and sustainable farming practices.

"As we embark on further expansion, particularly in Europe and North America, the ASC accreditation will open up opportunities with customers seeking high quality, premium seafood products with these verifiable environmental and sustainability credentials," he said.

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an international not-for-profit organisation that promotes responsible seafood farming.

Clean Seas follows Japanese farms Kurose Suisan and Global Ocean Works in obtaining the council's certification for seriola and cobia farming.

JLB Business Management quality health, safety and environment management consultant Dr Peter Lauer shared the news of Clean Seas' certification with the Port Lincoln City Council at its meeting on Monday night.

Dr Lauer worked as a consultant for Clean Seas to assist with the certification process and said the company had to meet seven principles to gain certification.

These included preservation of the natural environment and biodiversity, responsible sourcing of feed and other resources and good animal health and husbandry.