Great start to 2018! Open Blue becomes first cobia company in world to achieve ASC certification

Open Blue is pleased to announce that following a successful audit in September 2017 by SCS Global Services, they have achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This is a major accomplishment for Open Blue as they become the first cobia company in the world to achieve this responsibly farmed standard.

As the world population grows so does the demand for fish as a healthy source of protein, low in fat and nutritionally rich. With depleted wild stocks, more than half of the demand for fish consumed globally is now supplied by aquaculture according to the FAO. In alignment with the ASC mission to transform aquaculture, Open Blue is committed to responsible farming practices to meet the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

Guy Pizzuti, Seafood Director of Publix Super Markets, Inc. says, “As we move forward with aquaculture as the future of seafood, promoting the sustainability of aquaculture is a critical component to gaining customer acceptance.  Publix applauds and congratulates Open Blue for achieving ASC certification and leading the way in sustainable aquaculture.  We look forward to continuing our work with Open Blue.”

“I would like to congratulate Open Blue on their achievement to become the first cobia farm certified against the ASC standard. Welcoming the first cobia producer to our programme marks an important milestone for the ASC,” said Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO. Open Blue’s certification shows leadership in responsible aquaculture and sets an example for cobia farmers around the world on how to care for the environment, workers and local communities.”

“Achieving these key certifications marks a major milestone for us and for our customers for 2018,” said Chris Perry CEO of Open Blue.  “Our innovative approach is to raise and harvest fish miles offshore in their natural ocean habitat in a responsible and sustainable way that honors and protects our sensitive ocean ecosystems and respects the workers and the communities around us.”

Open Blue has achieved several key standards successfully completing audits for Global Gap, Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), British Retail Consortium (BRC), ISO 9001 (2015) and Friend of the Sea in 2016.

About The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC):

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an independent, international non-profit organization that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture.For more information about ASC cobia standard check here:

About SCS Global Services (SCS):

SCS is a global leader in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development.SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.For more information on ASC certification visit here:

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