CAMPBELL RIVERGrieg Seafood recently received its sixth and final Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for its multi-site certificate for its Sunshine Coast and Okisollo Channel farms.

Kristin Storry is Certification & Regulatory Affairs Manager at Grieg Seafood BC

On Sept. 1, Grieg’s Barnes Bay farm in Okisollo Channel received its ASC certificate, which makes Grieg’s ASC multi-site certificate the largest globally with a total of six farms.

ASC is an independent, international non-profit organization that manages the world’s leading certification for aquaculture. Its standards are transparent, science-based and inclusive, and were developed in line with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“This is a big achievement for us at Grieg, considering the ongoing complications of working around Covid-19,” says Kristin Storry, Certification & Regulatory Affairs Manager at Grieg Seafood BC.

“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 Nations in whose territories we operate.”

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

Grieg’s Nootka Sound farms received ASC certification earlier this year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.