NAQUA takes 1st Place in MENA Region with ASC Certification
Al Laith, 21 Feb 2022
The National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) made a distinctive achievement after receiving the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Shrimp Farm certification which was announced by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) making Naqua the 1st shrimp farm in Middle East & North Africa Region.
ASC represents the strictest standards in the aquaculture industry, which includes wide set of requirements including responsible sourcing of feed, water quality, animal welfare, disease prevention, the fair treatment, compensations for the workers and maintaining positive relationships with neighboring communities.
NAQUA, has become the first company in MENA to attain this prestigious certification for Vannamei Shrimp culture, which allowed the SAUADI ARABIA to be part of top 15 countries worldwide with ASC certification for Shrimp. In addition to the ASC certification, NAQUA is going to attain ASC CoC - Chain of Custody certification for its Processing plant in respect to product traceability and post-harvest best practice.
Mr. Diego Illingworth, CEO of the National Aquaculture Group said: "at National Aquaculture Group we pursue a strong approach on product integrity, quality & food safety, environment and sustainability. ASC certification complements NAQUA’s compliance to all global regulatory and industrial norms for a responsible and sustainable aquaculture system. NAQUA is committed to produce the best possible quality of Aquaculture products for our customers and consumers and ASC certification is a big step to fulfill our promise”
NAQUA is considered a model for local & global aquaculture and seafood production.
“We have achieved a remarkable milestone with ASC shrimp farm certification. It is not an easy certification, but it clearly demonstrates NAQUA’s compliance to best farming, environmental and bio-security practices in a socially responsible way”, Diego Said.
"NAQUA offers the highest quality of shrimp products to the world since many years, today we stand on a new horizon for aquaculture excellence with ASC Certification. This is a prove of NAQUA’s commitment to maintain and lead in Responsible Aquaculture Best practices. I congratulate the entire NAQUA family on this historical success” stated Miss Koh Siewlan, Director International Sales of the National Aquaculture Group.
ASC Certification is an addition to NAQUA’s existing international certification and recognitions such as GAA BAP, Global GAP, FSSC 22000, ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, HACCP and Halal certified.