Monday, May 11, 2015

11/05/2015: Cromaris first aquaculture farm authorized to use Friend of the Sea logo in combination with GLOBALG.A.P. Number

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's 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 formed a partnership to 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).
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.
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 the Zadar 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 utilisation 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.”

Visit the GLOBALG.A.P. website HERE.

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