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Arctic char

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Arctic char

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

Salvelinus alpinus
Origin

Iceland, Italy

Farming- / Catch method

Raceways (flow-through system)

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Explanation assessment

ASCASC:
Aquaculture Stewardship Council, a worldwide eco-label for responsible cultivated fish.
certified Arctic char is cultured in Iceland and Italy in flow-throughFlow-through:
A cultivation technique whereby water is led from a higher point to the cultivation basin. From here it flows to the drainage. This water must be cleaned thoroughly, otherwise it may have negative impacts on the environment.
systems.

Cultured Arctic char is assessed with the ASCASC:
Aquaculture Stewardship Council, a worldwide eco-label for responsible cultivated fish.
standard produced for trout which was developed in 2014. With the ASC label, the use of sustainable feed is encouraged as well as the implementation of measures that reduce the environmental impact of the farm. These can be for example measures to prevent farm escapes, excessive use of medicines and chemicals and pollution of water bodies surrounding the farm. The ASC standard is enforced by strict independent audits of the farms performed by third-party auditing companies.

ASC certified Arctic char is cultured in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Fishing season

This assessment concerns a farmed species. Seasonal information is not relevant when it comes to fish from aquaculture farms.

Arctic char

Salvelinus alpinus
Origin

Northern-Europe
Deelgebieden: Iceland

Farming- / Catch method

Raceways (flow-through system)

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Explanation assessment

The main producer of Arctic char in Norhern-Europe is Iceland.

Here, Actic char is cultured using flow-throughFlow-through:
A cultivation technique whereby water is led from a higher point to the cultivation basin. From here it flows to the drainage. This water must be cleaned thoroughly, otherwise it may have negative impacts on the environment.
systems. One of the benefits of this production method is the relatively low impact on the environment compared to other aquaculture production methods. Flow-through systems have only few escape incidents, residual water can be filtered and the risk of disease outbreaks and infections is low.

Actic char is relatively easy to farm as it can withstand high denisties and has a fast growth in low water temperatures. Because of the low water temperatures, disease outbreaks and parasites are less common.

The management of aquaculture farms in Iceland and Northern-Europe in general is relatively strict, most of the potential environmental impacts of aquaculture are regulated and enforcement is effective.

Fishing season

This assessment concerns a farmed species. Seasonal information is not relevant when it comes to fish from aquaculture farms.

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.

Avoid

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

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

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

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

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