Cromaris – Croatian aquaculture leader, specialized 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.
According to the agreement between GLOBALG.A.P. and Friend of the Sea, the two certification schemes partner offer farmers joint certifications. The aim of the program is to reduce duplication, push innovation and drive down audit costs for farms.
After the GLOBALG.A.P. assessment audit, run by DNV GL, Cromaris was found compliant with the 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).
Cromaris headquarters, fish sorting and processing facility are located in Zadar. The company has five farms, two of which are located in Istria (northern Adriatic), and three in Zadar’s area (central Adriatic). All farm locations are selected for their exceptionally clear waters and unspoiled nature, far away from any possible contaminants.
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 FOS 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 established in 2009 through merger of Croatian and European aquaculture pioneers. Its fish is present in the European market for over 30 years.
The corporate headquarters, fish sorting and processing facility are located in Zadar. We have five farms, two of which are located in Istria (northern Adriatic), and three in Zadar’s area (central Adriatic). All farm locations are selected for their exceptionally clear waters and unspoiled nature, far away from any possible contaminants.
More than half of our production is exported. We are currently present in the markets of Croatia, Italia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Hungary and we aim to expand further into French, German and Suisse markets.
“ Food & Beverage is a key industry for the world-leading certification body DNV GL – Business Assurance,” explains Ms Cristina Martins,Global Manager Food & Beverage of DNV GL. “With its 16,000 employees in more than 100 countries, DNV GL works with about 6,000 among the sector’s top players, helping them to assure a safe and sustainable food supply chain”.
G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a global organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide. The organization sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe–and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 450 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood products. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.
Photo (l to r):
Ivan Gligora, Processing Manager, Cromaris
Renata Barić, Head of Research and Development, Cromaris
Ketil Djonne, Vice President, European Affairs, Group Communications, DNV GL
Goran Markulin, Chief Executive Officer, Cromaris
Emanuele Callipo, Lead Auditor, DNV GL
Paolo Bray, Director, Friend of the Sea
Kristian Moeller, CEO, GLOBALG.A.P.