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Arctic char (producer specific)

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/Keurmerk Wild
Second choice
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There are many species that belong to the Salmonids or (Protacanthopterygii). Did you know trouts, smelts, and even pikes belong to the Salmon family? Salmonids occur in either salt and freshwater. Most species are well-specialized predators and live in temperate climate zones.  Salmonids are ray-finned fishes and can be distinguished by the ‘fat-fin’ between the backfin and tail. They do not have spikes and the pelvic and pectoral fin are separated.

Salmonids are sold farmed and wildcaught. Wildcaught salmon comes from the Pacific. Almost all Atlantic salmon on sold is farmed. Since the 90s the farming of salmon increased dramatically. Norway, chile, Scotland, Canada and the Faroe islands are important farming countries for salmon. In both, wild-caught and farmed salmon problems in sustainability are prevalent.




Arctic char (producer specific)

Arctic char, or charr, is the northern cousin of salmon and trout. This species is found in northern American and northern European waters. Arctic char can reach a maximum length of 1.07 m and is able to live in fresh- and salt water. When the fish live in salt water, it means they are anadromous fish. This means that the fish are born in freshwater and the migrate to sea. After maturing they return back to freshwater to reproduce.

Arctic char (producer specific)

Salvelinus alpinus

Europe, inland

Farming- / Catch method

Recirculation system (aquaculture)

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Explanation assessment

This is a producer specific assessment for Arctic char farmed by Streekvis in Dodewaard, the Netherlands.

Streekvis uses feed that is sustainable, traceable, and free of GMOGMO:
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.
’s. Furthermore, the use of wild caught fish in the feed is limited. It takes 1.5-1.6 kg of wild caught fish to grow 1 kg of Arctic char, which is low in comparison to other farmed fish. For these reasons, this section of the assessment scores green.

The Arctic char is farmed in recirculationRecirculation systems:
An environmentally friendly cultivating system completely locked from the natural environment, wastewater is purified and re-used and the system is well controlled.
systems (RAS). These types of systems make it possible to reduce water use and be able to optimally regulate the farming conditions. In addition, this specific RAS-system has a low energy use as it uses a special technique that works with gravity. This aquaculture system does not have any impact on the environment and therefore scores green for this section.

This farm is well regulated and adheres to all current legislation. Therefore, the management section also receives a green score.

The final assessment for this species has scored green. This fish is a good choice and you can eat it without hesitation.

Fish in Season

This assessment concerns farmed fish. Therefore, the season is not important.

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


There is fish available of this species that is farmed or caught using high welfare standards.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.