Aquaculture North America

Nordic Aquafarms company Sashimi Royal passes certification process

December 21, 2018
By Aquaculture North America Staff

PORTLAND, Maine – A sister company to Nordic Aquafarms Inc., which is planning to build a world-class, land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine, has received certification from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) as a sustainable and quality seafood producer.

Sashimi Royal of Hanstholm, Denmark is the largest, land-based facility in the EU that produces Yellowtail Kingfish, a delicate and much sought-after seafood product.

“ASC certification is the gold standard for fish farming and represents a major commitment to best practices and sustainability,” said Erik Heim, president of Nordic Aquafarms Inc., the

U.S. subsidiary of Nordic Aquafarms. “We also will seek ASC certification for our U.S. operations, which means we will adhere to the highest standards in the industry and be subject to audits from independent, third-party quality assurance organizations.

Sashimi Royal received its ASC certification on Dec. 13, 2018, after an extensive audit process that verified sustainable practices to minimize impact on the environment, stringent limits on the use of antibiotics and chemicals, measures to prevent fish escape, sustainable feed sourcing, and more. Sashimi Royal’s certification was overseen by DNV GL, a global quality assurance and risk management company.


The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an independent, international non-profit organization that promotes the best environmental and social choices when buying seafood and manages the world’s leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture. According to its website, ASC’s mission is “to transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.”

“As we proceed with the development of our land-based facility in Maine, the community and all of our stakeholders can be assured that this important certification achieved by Sashimi Royal is just the first step in a commitment to environmental sustainability and accountability that exists throughout our company,” Heim said.

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