Canada salmon farmer hits mark with ASC


Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on
June 12, 2015

Cermaq Canada has announced it is the first salmon farmer in North America to receive certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for multiple farms, which a local farming association is the next step toward a broader regional goal.

The farms are in British Columbia, in Clayoquot Sound off Vancouver Island. The news came from the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA), which hailed the move as a step toward having all farm-raised Atlantic salmon certified by the ASC by 2020. Marine Harvest Canada is also ASC certified, and BCSFA said only 46 farms worldwide are certified under the standard.

“Members of the BCSFA are committed to world leading practices and are showing continuous improvement in hitting milestones along the way,” said BCSFA Executive Director, Jeremy Dunn. “Cermaq Canada joining Marine Harvest Canada in achieving this certification is another step in validating the efforts and commitment made by the companies farming in British Columbia.”

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