Cromaris first aquaculture farm jointly certified to Friend of the Sea and GLOBALG.A.P.

Joint certification program between GLOBALG.A.P. and Friend of the Sea aims to further improve environmental preservation, reduce duplication, push innovation and drive down audit costs for farms.

Certificate handover, from left to right: Ivan Gligora, Processing Manager, Cromaris; Renata Barić, Head of Research and Development, Cromaris; Ketil Djønne, Vice President, European Affairs, Group Communications, DNV GL; Goran Markulin, Chief Executive Officer, Cromaris; Emanuele Callipo, Lead Auditor, DNV GL.

According to an agreement between GLOBALG.A.P. and Friend of the Sea, the two certification schemes now offer farmers joint certifications. The Croatian aquaculture leader Cromaris which specializes in the cultivation and processing of white fish with specific emphasis on sea bass, sea bream and shellfish is the first company authorized to use Friend of the Sea logo in combination with the GLOBALG.A.P. number.

After a GLOBALG.A.P assessment audit, run by DNV GL, Cromaris was found compliant with GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Version 4 and the four criteria defined in the Friend of the Sea Add-On. These criteria cover the impact on water body sediment, the effect on the local community regarding access to drinking water and fishing areas, and social criteria by requiring GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice).

Major investments have been underway, which rank Cromaris among the most technologically advanced entities in the sector of sea bass and sea bream growing and processing. Those investments are focused on maximizing utilization of the rich natural resources with systematic care of our surrounding environment.

“This very first experience will be a model for a number of other beneficiary aquaculture farms,” claims Mr. Paolo Bray, Director and Founder of Friend of the Sea. “It is fundamental for certification programs like GLOBALG.A.P. and Friend of the Sea to cooperate for the sake of our common mission, that is the environment preservation.”

“We applaud Cromaris for being the first aquaculture farm benefitting from our global push for collaboration to reduce certification audit costs in the industry,” said Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. “I am convinced that only through alliances like this one between GLOBALG.A.P. and Friend of the Sea we can bring the needed incentives to the entire seafood sector to invest into more safety and sustainability.”

“Top product quality is our imperative, and these two new certificates represent yet another confirmation that strict quality standards are applied,” Mr Goran Markulin, Cromaris CEO, stated. “In accordance with our strategic orientation, Cromaris will continue with further investments in product quality, as well as in sustainable aquaculture, in order to preserve the resources for future generations.”

Cromaris is a company that specializes in growing, processing and sale of indigenous Adriatic fish and shellfish. The company was established in 2009 through the merger of Croatian and European aquaculture pioneers. Its fish has been present in the European market for over 30 years.

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