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Danish Cooperation Paves Way to Sustainability

DENMARK - WWF Denmark and the Danish Aquaculture Organization have signed an agreement of cooperation focusing, among other things, on establishing a global standard for sustainable aquaculture.

According to Brian Thomsen, managing director of the Danish Aquaculture Organization, in a few years the Danish consumers will be able to serve farmed and certified rainbow trout with a visible proof that the fish has been produced in the most environmentally responsible way.


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"By committing to sustainability and moving at the front of this development, we hope to inspire the aquaculture industry on a global scale"
Brian Thomsen, managing director of the Danish Aquaculture Organization

Farmed fish amounts to half of all fish consumed, but today it is hard for consumers to buy fish that are documented sustainable.WWF wants to change this in cooperation with the Danish Aquaculture Organization, says Espen Tind Nordberg, head of the WWF program for sustainable consumption. The first step of the cooperation will be to define specific criteria for sustainable aquaculture.

In advance, WWF and the Danish Aquaculture Organization point out that sustainability among other things imply that the use of wild caught fish for fish feed is reduced and that only industrially processed fish from sustainable stocks are used. The Danish Aquaculture Organization is happy to engage in a process that will lead to the industry fully achieving societal goals for nature and environment.Managing director Brian Thomsen says:

This project is highly important because the sea resources are under pressure and the global demand for fish products is rapidly increasing. In the future we will consume more farmed than caught fish, therefore it is essential that the activities of the aquaculture industry are environmentally effective.We want to be at the front of this development and in this regard it is natural that we now commit ourselves fully to sustainability. In the agreement of cooperation between WWF and the Danish Aquaculture Organization the headlines are:

 Definition of a Trout Vision, Trout Sustainability Assessment and Trout Action Plan  Initiate the WWF facilitated 'Trout Aquaculture Dialogue' (TAD)  Work on the creation of a sustainable certified fish feed product According to Brian Thomsen, this work is in line with the Danish fish farmers' existing environmental efforts:

"Aquaculture is already the most environmentally effective form of food production; there have been great enhancements regarding discharge from fish farms", writes Mr Thomsen. Denmark has recently launched organic aquaculture and is implementing more and more state of the art clean technology. "Now we can add a future certification scheme to our efforts. By committing to sustainability and moving at the front of this development, we hope to inspire the aquaculture industry on a global scale"

Ellen Hardy

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