Salmon swimming at a Mowi Canada West ocean based salmon farm. 100% of Mowi operated salmon farms in Campbell River are ASC certified. Image: Mowi/Canada

Mowi Canada West celebrates ASC certification

All of Mowi Canada West salmon farms in Campbell River are now certified under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council(ASC).

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Lees Bay salmon farm in Campbell River is the 24th farm in British Columbia to receive ASC certification.

To receive ASC certification operations are audited against 500 criteria. ASC certification is the gold standard in environmental and social certification and was developed with help from environmental NGOs and researchers. 

“I am proud of the work of our staff, their commitment to the health and quality of the fish they are raising, and their commitment to the local community,” said Dr. Diane Morrison, managing director for Mowi Canada West.

 “Our team in B.C. continues to innovate and improve practices. Achieving 100% certification in the Campbell River production area is validation that our farms are being operated to the world’s highest standards.” 

Mowi Canada West has the most number of farms certificated by the ASC in North America. The ASC certification in Campbell River will help Mowi Canada West in its controversial relationship with local first nations and government. Ocean based fish farming operations in British Columbia are being blamed for the declining wild salmon population in the region. 

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council(ASC) is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages the world’s leading certification and labeling program for responsible and sustainable aquaculture.

Mowi Canada West operates salmon farms and processing plants in British Columbia, Canada employing about 600 people. Mowi is working towards getting 100% ASC certification for all of its salmon farms by 2020.