100% of Mowi Canada West farms certified to ASC Salmon Standard
Campbell River, B.C. – With the certification of two final farms this month, every Mowi Canada West farm off BC’s coast is now certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) – the most rigorous, gold standard aquaculture certification in the world.
Now that all farms have reached this standard Mowi Canada West may label its salmon as ASC certified when sold in store.
“This is a fantastic achievement that speaks to our team’s commitment to operating at the world’s highest standards,” said Dr. Diane Morrison, Mowi Canada West Managing Director. “To achieve ASC certification, every farm must meet more than 500 measures of fish heath, wild salmon protection, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and more. It really is a tremendous accomplishment.”
The Sheep Pass and Cougar Bay farms, both of which are in the Klemtu region, were the final production farms to complete the certification process.
Speaking of this achievement, Chief Roxanne Robinson and Councillor Isaiah Robinson, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation said: “The traditional territories are of significant importance to us and we take who we allow to operate in our territory very seriously. It brings us peace of mind to know that Mowi voluntarily strives to reach the highest sustainability standard. It is of upmost importance that we take care of our traditional territories so we can ensure that we will have our lands and waters for our future generations. To know that the company has such high standards is really important to us. Our partnership has evolved over the years, Mowi has supported the community so well that we have strong ties and lifelong friendships.”
The ASC standard was launched in 2012 after a decade of development through dialogue involving environmental NGOs, researchers, farmers and retailers from around the world. It is available for 12 of the most common aquaculture species, including Atlantic salmon. To achieve certification under the ASC Salmon Standard, farms are audited against 500 separate aspects of the site’s performance. These audits are repeated every two years to ensure that the site maintains the standard required.
Catarina Martins, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, explained: “At the end of 2019, we launched our sustainability strategy, The Blue Revolution Plan. In this plan we set very ambitious targets and 100% ASC certification is a significant goal within our overall strategy. The fact that Canada West is the first country to achieve 100% ASC certification proves not only our commitment but also that we have the right people, systems, and ambition to deliver on this commitment. We are well on track.”
Mowi ASC certification quick facts:
- In 2015, Mowi Canada West (then known as Marine Harvest Canada) became the first in North America to certify a salmon farm (Marsh Bay) to the ASC standard.
- Mowi Canada West is the first Mowi business unit to complete the certification of all its sites. Mowi units around the world are pursuing full certification.
- Sheep Pass and Cougar Bay are 27th and 28th Mowi farms to be certified in B.C.
- Mowi is the company with the most ASC certified sites worldwide.
The ASC certificates can be found here: http://asc.force.com/Certificates/