“This certification represents over a year of hard work and dedication by our employees. It has also helped us identify new opportunities for improvement in the way we farm salmon,” said Fernando Villarroel, Cermaq Canada’s Chief Operating Officer.
“We are very proud of our team here, and their dedication to bringing us to this achievement.”
The certified farms are the company’s Bare Bluff and McIntyre Lake farms, which are located in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island and operate under a protocol agreement with the Ahousaht First Nation.
The certification means that the salmon harvested from those farms meet the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)’s standards for Responsible Aquaculture Farming.
“We are the first company in Canada to have multiple farms certified at the same time to the high standards set by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC),” said Laurie Jensen, Cermaq Canada’s Communications and Corporate Sustainability Manager.
“This is a big milestone for us, and shows our commitment to the goals set by the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI).”