Marine Eco-Labels

The Nissui Group aims to preserve the bountiful sea and improve the sustainability of marine resources. One way in which we aim to do that is by acquiring ASC and MSC certification, and by using marine products that have marine eco-label certification.

First in the world to receive ASC certification for Buri Yellowtail

Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. of the Nissui Group, as the largest operator of Buri Yellowtail aquaculture in Japan, has been engaged in the research of aquaculture technology, the development of feed, production and processing. The “Kurose Buri (Yellowtail),” the brand fish of Kurose Suisan is known for its firm flesh and provides a stable supply of fatty, high-quality Buri Yellowtail the year round thanks to the Nissui Group’s aquaculture technology.

On December 16, 2017, Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. became the first in the world to acquire ASC certification for its Buri Yellowtail and on November 30, 2017, its processing plant received CoC certification for shipping ASC-certified farmed fish.

Japan accounts for nearly 90% of global yellowtail aquaculture production, and receiving certification for giving consideration to the environment is extremely significant in preserving the seas surrounding Japan. Additionally, it is hoped that by marketing “Kurose Buri (Yellowtail)” and other certified seafood, we will raise the awareness of the consumer and that environmentally-friendly marine products will become more widespread.
The Nissui Group is grateful for the bounty of the sea, and will continue to develop technologies in fishery and aquaculture that will enable the sustainable use of resources and pass on the environment and resources to the next generation.

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Acquires ASC certification of Salmon/Trout

Salmones Antartica S.A. (SA) (Chile) of the Nissui Group has been operating  Salmon and Trout farming since its foundation in 1982 and has subsequently built a processing plant, cold storage and a feed plant, developing an integrated business encompassing production of breed, farming, to harvesting and processing/shipment of farmed fish.
The Salmon/Trout and Coho Salmon produced by SA are distributed throughout the markets of the world through the Nissui Group sales network under the familiar brand name of “Five Star.”

On March 5, 2019, SA acquired ASC certification (Note 1) of its Salmon/Trout.  This is the second ASC certification received by a Nissui Group company since Kurose Suisan Co., Ltd. acquired ASC certification for its Buri Yellowtail in December 2017.
The certified farming site is Sector 1 of Bahia Acantilada, Aisen Region. On March 4, 2019, SA also received the CoC certification (Note 2) of its processing plant within its head office premise for the processing and shipment of ASC-certified farmed fish.

The Nissui Group believes that expanding supply through sustainable aquaculture while mitigating the impact on natural resources is essential for meeting the growing global demand for marine products.
SA considers this acquisition of ASC certification to be a stepping stone and is determined to ensure the sustainable use of resources and give consideration to the environment and to the community, and will continue to develop technology for sustainable aquaculture going forward.

  • (Note 1) ASC Certification:
    This is to certify that the products are responsibly farmed fish and the aquaculture is operated in a sustainable manner paying adequate attention to the natural environment and the local community. The certificate is operated by Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) which was established by the support of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), a Dutch organization promoting sustainable trade.
    This certification scheme is one of the social systems which complements the sustainable use of natural resources, reduces the environmental impact by aquaculture operations and supports the life of people in the local communities engaged in aquaculture business.
    Certified species include 15 species such as Yellowtail, Sea Bream, Tilapia, Pangasius, Shrimp, Shell Fish, Abalone. 816 aquaculture sites in 39 countries in the world have acquired this certification as of February 2019.
    The certification system of natural fish is operated by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).
  • (Note 2) CoC Certification:
    This is the certification operated by Aquaculture Stewardship Council regarding Chain of Custody which represents the management of the supply chain of the products and certifies that certified farmed products are managed adequately without contamination of non-certified raw materials and false labeling in the course of production, processing and distribution of the products.
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Acquires BAP Certification of Salmon/Trout

Salmones Antartica S.A. (SA) (Chile), an overseas Group company of Nissui, following the acquisition of the ASC certification of its Salmon/Trout on March 5, 2019, has acquired BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) (Note1)(Note2) certification of Salmon/Trout at its Sector 1 Farming Site in Bahia Acantilada (Aisen Region), on March 18, 2019, and has earned a “3-star” status. The certification number is F11492A.

SA has acquired two BAP certifications in the past at the fish feed plant (Los Angels, X111 Región) in August 2018 and the processing plant (Isla de Chiloé, X Region) in January 2019. With this recent certification of its farming site, SA enjoys “3-star” status getting three process certifications lined up from fish feed production to farming and processing.

  • (Note1) BAP certification:
    It started to be operated by GAA (Global Aquaculture Alliance established in 1997), a nonprofit organization, in 2002, is a third-party certification confirming program that environment, social responsibility and animal welfare issues are taken care of and food safety is secured at each stage of aquaculture supply chain from hatchery to feed production plant, farming site and processing plant. BAP was approved as a first certification program in aquaculture category by a nonprofit organization GSSI (Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative), a nonprofit organization, which confirms that certification system and criteria of a certification program is in line with international standard FAO’s “Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries” and “Guide Line of Marine Eco Label”.
    Its features are to certify each process of the aquaculture supply chain, hatchery, feed production plant, farming site, and processing plant, and indicate the certifications with the number of stars depending on the combination of the process.
    It is mainly recognized in North America, and is said to be a necessary requirement for the sale of aquaculture products in North America.
  • (Note2) Type of certification:
    BAP Salmon Farms Standard Issue 2.3
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Marine Eco-Labels (MSC-certified products)

The MSC(Note) is one of the foremost certification agencies. Its role is to verify fishing that is sustainable and that protects the ocean’s natural environment and resources.
Marine products caught using MSC-certified fishing methods can be traced to their global source—traceability that encourages good marine resource management. MSC certification is recognized as trustworthy and rigorous, and is approved by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a third-party benchmarking agency. Nissui has now received MSC certification for several fish grounds and species, including Alaska Pollock.

In a 2017 resource status survey, 37% of the wild-caught fish used by the Nissui Group was caught by fisheries with MSC or other certification.
To more widely promote products approved by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), we supply Alaska Pollock, Scallops, Yellowtail and other certified fish species as high-quality marine products, using the same technologies we have developed in manufacturing “surimi“ products and in aquaculture.

In the future, we will continue to work to manufacture and sell marine products demanded by the market and processed goods derived from them, which conform to our procurement policy on marine products grounded in sustainability.

  • (Note) MSC Certification
    Marine Stewardship Council
    There were 362 certified fish species in 36 countries, and total catch by certified fishery operations was approximately 12 million tons, accounting for approximately 15% of the total global catch of natural fish (As of March 2019).
Marine Eco-Labels (MSC-certified products)


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Domestic Coho Salmon Farming and Processed Coho Salmon Receive MEL Certification for the First Time

Yumigahama Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. of the Nissui Group acquired the Marine Eco-Label Japan (“MEL”) Coho Salmon Aquaculture Management Standard Ver. 1.0 certification for its proprietary and contracted freshwater farming sites and a portion of the fishponds in Miho Bay, Tottori Prefecture on April 17, 2019, and the MEL Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard Ver. 2.0 certification of its processed Coho Salmon on the same date. The certification numbers are JFRCA10A5800011 and JFRCA20C5800011.
This was the first time certification was awarded to domestic coho salmon farming and processed coho salmon, and the first time a Nissui Group companies received this certification.

MEL is a certification scheme to promote the initiatives by producers who proactively engage in sustainable use of marine resources and activities to protect the ecosystem, as well as the initiatives of processors and distributors who proactively handle the marine products of such producers; to ensure the transparency of the handling of marine products at each stage including fishery, aquaculture, processing and distribution; and to contribute to the selection by and the gaining of trust of related operators and consumers. This scheme is operated by Marine Eco-Label Japan, which was launched in December 2016.
There are three types of MEL certification: (1) Fisheries certification, (2) Aquaculture certification and (3) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, and Yumigahama Suisan has acquired certifications (2) and (3).
Going forward, we are aiming to increase the number of Coho Salmon certified by MEL and deliver products that are even more trusted by our customers.

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Cooperation in the Sustainable Seafood Week

Each year the Marine Stewardship Council Japan Office holds the “Sustainable Seafood Week” campaign to promote the use of MSC-labeled and ASC-labeled foods.

Nissui supports the cause and cooperates in this campaign.

Website of Sustainable Seafood Week (in Japanese)

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