Mowi's Scotland is now the first aquaculture company in the world to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for freshwater lochs and the first in the UK to achieve the ASC stamp.

The two newly certified sites are in Loch Lochy and Glenfinnan, both freshwater loch farms audited against a revised ASC trout standard that now recognizes the production of salmon smolts in freshwater lochs.

"By achieving ASC certification at these freshwater loch sites it now allows us to have a pipeline of ASC certified smolts for our seawater sites and enables us now to push on with our plan to achieve ASC certification across our business," said Rory Campbell, technical manager at Mowi Scotland.

The aim is to have all Mowi farms 100 percent ASC certified by 2025.

The audits were completed in February, where the auditor spent two days on each farm focusing on both technical information and staff issues such as health and safety.

The two farms will carry the ASC stamp for a year, whereby they have to be audited again.