Aquamar S.A. First to Receive ASC Certification
November 7, 2012 - Tropical Aquaculture is extremely proud to announce that Aquamar S.A. is the first Tilapia farming operation in the Americas to achieve the ASC Certification for Responsible Tilapia Farming (ISRTA).
ASC is the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, an independent non-profit organization. The ASC was founded in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, which were developed by the Tilapia Aquaculture Dialogues (TAD), a program of roundtables initiated and coordinated by WWF.
Aquamar has been committed to the development of the ISRTA since the beginning, when the late Alfonso Delfini Jr., owner and farm manager of Aquamar and founding member of Tropical was appointed to the TAD Steering Committee. "Sustainability has been a passion for our family and our company from day one. ASC Certification is the culmination of over 6 years of hard work for our farm and is a testament of Alfonso Jr.'s legacy to our farm, and the tilapia farming community", said Enrico Delfini, present owner of Aquamar.
Aquamar is one of the largest tilapia farming facilities in Ecuador and the Americas, producing approximately 13,000 tons of live tilapia per year in a land based pond aquaculture system.