The study analysed existing certification programmes against criteria that WWF believes are important to achieve sustainability and credibility in the aquaculture sector.
Four key issues were examined:
- the environment
- social issues
- animal welfare and the standard setting
- certification process
|Peter Bridson, Soil Association.|
Soil Association Aquaculture Programme manager Peter Bridson said the organisation have always been committed to developing the highest standards possible for farmed fish, particularly for salmon and trout in the UK.
"It is very encouraging to get international recognition from an organisation such as WWF for all this hard work. Despite having the highest score, the report still highlights areas for further improvement. Some of these have already been achieved since the report was drafted, but we are continuously working to improve the standards further," he added.