McIntyre Lake Farm
McIntyre Lake Farm is one of two Cermaq Canada farms to be certified to ASC standards. Photo provided by Cermaq Canada
Cermaq Canada is the first in Canada to have multiple sites certified to the ASC standard. “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.
The company’s Bare Bluff and McIntyre Lake farms, located in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia have been certified. These farms operate under a protocol agreement with the Ahousaht First Nation.
“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,” 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.”
It is Cermaq Canada’s intent to have all sites certified to the ASC standard and the company is committed to the sustainability and transparency goals set by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, and voluntarily reports data on environmental impacts for all farms sites publicly at cermaq.ca.
Cermaq Canada is a world leader in sustainable aquaculture, with eight third-party certifications. The company operates 27 sea sites around Vancouver Island in British Columbia, four freshwater facilities and two processing plants (one under contract).