Story originally appears on the Cermaq Canada Website
ASC Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Photo Credit Cermaq Canada
This October, Cermaq Canada farms continue to achieve the highest standard of independent certification, the World Wildlife Fund-based ASC farm standard. This expansion of ASC certification of Cermaq Canada farms comes as part of Cermaq Canada’s commitment to the highest standard of independent certification, "We are pleased to announce that the Broughton farm sites Burdwood, Sir Edmund Bay, and Maude Island are now certified to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-based Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon farm standard," says Grant Warkentin, Communications Manager.
Just recently the Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood watch program rated British Columbia ASC certified Atlantic salmon, as a good alternative.
“Cermaq’s success at certifying its farms at the highest global standard demonstrates how the industry has evolved in BC,” said David Kiemele, Cermaq Canada’s Managing Director. “Our goal is to have all our production farms certified to the ASC standard by 2020. With the addition of these farms we now have over 50% of our farms certified.”
Third party audits by the certification bodies validates that the company has in place procedures to minimize risks such as escapes, to ensure food safety programs are in place and ensures worker safety is made a priority.
Founded in 2010 by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (DSTI) the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation with global influence. ASC is the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC's primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, which were developed by the WWF Aquaculture Dialogues.
Cermaq Canada is a salmon farming company based in Campbell River, BC. The company produces fresh Atlantic salmon at 27 nursery and production farms around Vancouver Island and operates four land-based freshwater facilities, 2 processing plants (one contracted). Cermaq Canada directly employs more than 250 full time workers, including 30% aboriginal as well as hundreds of secondary workers. The Canadian headquarters are located in Campbell River, British Columbia.
Cermaq is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI). GSI members share a vision of providing a healthy and sustainable source of protein to feed a growing population, while minimizing their environmental footprint and continuing to improve their social contribution.