FoS on top of Dolomites as Astro trouts get certified sustainable.

Family owned Astro farming sites passed renewal audit for the Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), the Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) and the Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) production confirming Friend of the Sea certification first obtained in 2009.

Astro is a mutual company representing and coordinating different single producers all established in the Dolomites mountains’ area. This area, in the North East of Italy, now Unesco World Natural Heritage site, is the main production area in Italy, with a tradition of trout farming dating back to 1879.The longstanding aquaculture tradition in the Trentino region could represent enough evidence of sustainability of production. Italian trouts are exported mainly to Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also to a number of other internal markets.

Each single producer has been audited and all were found in conformity with all Friend of the Sea sustainable aquaculture requirements. Water parameters information is provided via computer and made available both to the single company as well as to the cooperative’s headquarter. In particular, Astro Cooperative itself monitors compliance with specific water parameters which allow the trouts to be branded as ‘Trentino’ quality. Birds entanglement and fish escapes are prevented by means of appropriate grids, with suitable size and texture. The farmed species cannot possibly reproduce in the wild and does not represent a danger for the local population. The Trentino trouts are free of GMO and hormones. The fish feed originates only from fisheries approved by Friend of the Sea.

Accurate documents report all batch movements in order to avoid mixing of certified and not certified products. “Astro and the producers we represent in Trentino are deeply committed to sustainability and we are very happy that this international certification once more validates our efforts” comments Mr Diego Coller – Director of Astro.

“Aquaculture is gaining a growing importance in the international seafood market, and we’re proud to have “awarded” Astro, once more, for their top quality products”, adds Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea.

For more information please contact

Paolo Bray – Director

Massimo Manfrini – Quality Assurance

Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international non-profit certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products are fished from not overexploited nor IUCN Redlisted stocks and with selective methods which do not impact the seabed. Those originate from aquaculture are reared with respect of critical habitat, with no use of antifoulants, GMOS and growth hormones.

Astro – Associazione Troticoltori Trentini
Astro trouts live in an ideal environment for such alpine fish species. Water directly comes from Dolomites’ glaciers, is fresh and rich of oxygen. Here 70 farming sites are active: 38 hectares of water ponds and fishes farmed following their natural rhythm. They are reared during 2 years, with no OGM and only strictly controlled natural fish feed.

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