Marine Harvest gains endorsement

Marine Harvest Canada recognized by seafood advisory program of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

PORT HARDY—Marine Harvest Canada was endorsed last week as a responsible producer of farm-raised Atlantic salmon by a seafood advisory program of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

After a thorough review of Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) operations, Seafood for the Future (SFF), a non-profit program of California-based Aquarium of the Pacific, has released its evaluation that recommends MHC salmon as a responsible aquaculture partner.

“We are very pleased that Aquarium of the Pacific has thoroughly reviewed our operations,” says Clare Backman, Director of Sustainable Programs at MHC. “It’s important for our customers to know that credible seafood sustainability programs are endorsing Marine Harvest farm-raised salmon.”

Staff from the aquarium visited MHC operations in British Columbia in 2010 to learn first-hand how Marine Harvest salmon are raised at land and ocean based farms. Since that initial meeting, MHC had continued to share information about its business with a focus on continuous improvement.

SFF has found that Marine Harvest is operating responsibly and continues to make measureable progress toward reducing its impacts.

Marine Harvest Canada has been certified by the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP). BAP certification includes an oversight committee of several conservation-based organizations including the Aquarium of the Pacific, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Marine Conservation Society and is recognized in the report as “performing above the industry standard for environmental sustainability.”

Marine Harvest Canada is Canada’s leading supplier of Atlantic farm-raised salmon. Its processing plants, marine and land based operations are located on and around northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.