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Farming responsibly

We strive to farm responsibly in every sense of the expression: from taking good care of our people and livestock, to protecting the environments in which we farm and making sure our local communities benefit from us being there.

It’s an ongoing commitment that we’re continually working on and adding to – including, this year, applying for Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification.  

About the ASC standard
Considered by many to be amongst the most stringent of all farmed seafood certification schemes, the ASC standard is only awarded to those farms that have been independently assessed as being both environmentally and socially responsible. 

For salmon farmers, this assessment is based on a farm meeting hundreds of different criteria related to water quality, responsible sourcing of feed, disease prevention and animal welfare, as well as the fair treatment and pay of workers and maintaining positive relationships with neighbours and communities.

Achieving ASC certification

Currently, we're applying for ASC certification of our first marine farm, Toyness which is located along the Orkney coastline between Houton Bay and Swanbister Bay, and where we've been farming since 2007.

As part of this process, we are required to provide details of our: 

  • Integrated pest management approach
  • Average sea lice levels per fish
  • Wildlife interactions
  • Estimated unexplained losses or gains at end of crop.

You can find an overview of each of these key themes below, along with a download providing more detail.

Sea lice control

To monitor and control sea lice levels, we follow an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This involves giving careful consideration to all available pest control techniques, then integrating the measures most likely to:

  • Discourage the development of pest populations
  • Minimise use of medicinal interventions in order to protect public and environmental health.

Current sea lice levels
Below are details of the current lice levels at our Toyness farm, based on the average number of adult female Lepeophtheirus salmonis per fish.

Farm: Toyness
Calendar week: 42
Week beginning: 18/10/21
Average: 0.4

ASC reporting

Wildlife interactions
Just as we have a responsibility to protect our own livestock, so too we have a duty of care to protect local wildlife from marine life from harm or entrapment.

Below are details of any wildlife interactions at Toyness during this current crop: 
Birds: 0     Mammals: 0     Escaped fish: 0

Estimated unexplained losses or gains
Unexplained losses or gains refers to any variation in the estimated number of fish put into a marine farm for on-growing and the total number of fish harvested out. As such, these figures are reported at the end of the current crop.

ASC report: Toyness 2021
You can download our current Toyness report in full below: 

ASC report: Toyness 2021

Code of Conduct

Just as we care about looking after our livestock and local environment, so too we care about the health, safety and wellbeing of our team. 

You can read about our commitment to being an ethical employer by downloading our Code of Conduct below.

Code of Conduct