Canadian salmon farmer achieves organic certification
Creative Salmon has become the first farmed salmon producer in North America to achieve organic certification.
The Canadian-owned company’s king salmon aquaculture operation has achieved all the criteria set out in the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard.
“We are thrilled to be a leader in organic aquaculture,” said Tim Tundle, Creative Salmon’s general manager. “Consumers are looking for organic product. Creative Salmon is proud to offer an organic product backed by a made-in-Canada standard.”
The standard became official in May of 2012 when it was passed by the Canadian General Standards Board. In order to meet the certification requirements, organic fish must have twice as much room to swim as conventional farmed fish.
“At Creative Salmon our fish have a low density environment occupying less than one percent of the volume of their pen, even fully grown,” said Rundle. “At Creative Salmon we clean and maintain our sites and our nets by power washing with sea water or exposing them to natural ultraviolet from the sun.
“We raise a Pacific species in the Pacific Ocean so our fish are perfectly adapted to the sea conditions including a natural tolerance to sea lice which means our fish don’t require treatment with pesticides.
“Our fish are fed a diet as close to their natural one as possible in a farm setting. Our major supplier, Taplow Feeds, is a valued partner in our organic process and is also certified to the organic standard.”
The organic certification also applies to Creative Salmon’s Sea Spring Hatchery as well as Lions Gate Fisheries’ processing plants.