2017-05-12: One more salmon farm on Vancouver Island’s west coast is now certified to the most stringent third-party salmon farm certification in the world.
Cermaq Canada’s Westside farm was awarded certification to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) Salmon Standard certification on May 12, 2017. It’s the company’s seventh farm to be certified since Cermaq, as part of the Global Salmon Initiative, committed to pursuing ASC certification for all salmon-producing sites by 2020.
“Each one of these certifications is huge for us, and validates our commitment to operating our farms in a responsible manner,” said Laurie Jensen, Cermaq Canada’s director of Communications and Corporate Sustainability.
Jensen said Cermaq Canada is a world leader in pursuing third-party certifications, such as the ASC standard.
“These certifications are from independent, outside parties, who look carefully at how we are farming salmon from a science-based perspective. Being certified shows we are focused on finding ways to better manage our impacts on the environment around us,” Jensen said.
Cermaq Canada now has seven farms certified to the ASC Salmon Standard, one-third of all of the company’s full production sites.
Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation with global influence. ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood.
The standard is considered by industry to be the “gold medal”, the highest standard for certification in the world.
Cermaq Canada is an Atlantic salmon grower with their head office based out of Campbell River, BC. The company operates 20 production sites, four land-based freshwater facilities around Vancouver Island and operates a processing plant in Tofino, BC.