Published 9.3.2022 14:00

Fifax receives the ASC certificate for sustainable aquaculture as the first farm in Finland

Fifax land-based fish farm in Eckerö has as the first facility in Finland, received the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) -certificate for sustainable practices in aquaculture.

ASC is the leading global certificate for sustainably farmed fish and is well known both among the industry as well as consumers. The demand for ASC –certified fish is increasing globally, but certified farms are still very rare in the Baltic Sea region.

“Consumers place continuously higher demands regarding sustainability. The importance of ASC-certification has increased during the past years, and in the Western Europe fish markets it’s starting to be very well established. We are the first fish farm in the northern Baltic Sea area to receive this certification, and we believe that it will strengthen the competitiveness of Fifax’ products. At the same time, it is a concrete manifestation of the relentless work that makes us one of the pioneers in land-based aquaculture”, says the Fifax Plc’s CEO Samppa Ruohtula.

ASC is an independent, international non-profit organization founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). ASC is responsible for the leading certification and labelling program for the aquaculture industry, imposing high demands on both environmental and social responsibility.

The Fifax facility, located in Eckerö on Åland Islands, is one of the largest operating RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) -facilities in Europe. Rainbow trout farmed with Fifax’s ultra-intensive implementation of RAS technology, provides an environmentally friendly production alternative to conventional fish farming methods. Fish farmed by Fifax does not contain antibiotics or other chemicals, and it has an exceptional texture with a firm yet tender structure. Fifax supplies its customers with fresh rainbow trout in whole, gutted form.

For more information:
Samppa Ruohtula
CEO, Fifax Plc
+358 40 559 8812

Fifax’s vision is to be a forerunner in large-scale sustainable fish farming with a minimal impact on the environment, so that locally and sustainably produced fish can be enjoyed by its customers all year round.
Established in 2012, Fifax utilizes ultra-intensive Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology based on the principle of an almost completely closed water circulation within the facility, where the fish live indoors in large onshore pools. Indoor pools provide more safeguards against external factors compared to traditional fish farming in water bodies.

The end product (adult slaughtered fish), is transported with the help of logistics partners to fish processors and wholesalers in Åland, mainland Finland and Sweden.
Fifax Plc’s shares have been listed in Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland.