Certification of the Barnes Bay farm makes Grieg's multi-site certificate the world's largest. Photo: Grieg Seafood.

The joy of six for Grieg

Grieg Seafood has received its sixth and final Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for its multi-site certificate for its Sunshine Coast and Okisollo Channel farms in British Columbia, western Canada.

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The company’s Barnes Bay farm in Okisollo Channel received its ASC certificate on September 1, making Grieg’s ASC multi-site certificate the largest globally with a total of six farms.

“This is a big achievement for us at Grieg, considering the ongoing complications of working around Covid-19,” said Kristin Storry, certification and regulatory affairs manager at Grieg Seafood BC.

Kristin Storry: Certification "a big achievement" considering difficulties caused by Covid-19. Photo: Grieg Seafood.

“Our team of farmers and staff worked hard to get this multi-site certificate, to make sure that we are becoming better stewards of the environment and better partners with the (First) Nations in whose territories we operate.”

The other farms under the ASC multi-site certification are Ahlstrom, Culloden, Site 13, Salten and Vantage.

Esperanza Inlet next

Grieg said its Nootka Sound farms received ASC certification earlier this year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, it was vital for Grieg to continue pursuing its certification goals and get its Sunshine Coast farms ASC certified as well.

The next farms Grieg will be pursuing ASC certification for are Esperanza, Hecate and Steamer in the Esperanza Inlet on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

ASC is an independent, international non-profit organisation that manages what Grieg regards as the world’s leading certification for aquaculture.