Two more Marine Harvest Canada salmon farms receive Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification

December 29, 2015 – Port Hardy, B.C.

Marine Harvest Canada is pleased to announce certification of two salmon farms in its Port Hardy production area against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) salmon standard. The Duncan Island and Doyle Island farm sites become the fourth and fifth site in Canada to achieve this high standard. The first certified Canadian salmon farm was Marine Harvest’s Marsh Bay site, also in the Port Hardy area, in January 2015.

The ASC certification is currently the most rigorous environmental standard for aquaculture, while also setting tough standards for social compliance. The standard is third party audited, and demands a high level of transparency throughout the process. Extra effort was required from staff in all areas of the company in order to meet more than 500 individual clauses of the standard.

“This is another important step towards meeting our goal of certifying all farm sites in British Columbia by 2020,” said Marine Harvest Canada’s Certification Manager Katherine Dolmage. “ASC certification is a lengthy process at each site because the third party auditing is extremely rigorous. We are continuing to expand the ASC program, first to Quatsino, where Monday Rock awaits the results of a recent audit, and then to Klemtu, where the first audits will take place next spring.”

The final reports for the ASC certified farms can be found online, along with environmental monitoring reports for the next three Marine Harvest farms under consideration for certification.

Marine Harvest Canada is British Columbia's leading aquaculture company and supplier of Sterling brand salmon.

The ASC Salmon Standard was developed as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s aquaculture dialogues. More information about the standard and certified farms can be found at www.asc-aqua.org.