VANCOUVER, BC – Canada's first land-raised Atlantic salmon has achieved the top sustainability ranking issued by the world's leading independent eco-ranking program.
KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon has received the highest ranking issued by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. It gives KUTERRA salmon a Seafood Watch and SeaChoice green, "Best Choice" recommendation. The Vancouver Aquarium has reviewed the assessment findings and has given KUTERRA salmon its Ocean Wise™ designation as well.
"We are delighted that the third-party assessment conducted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium has validated KUTERRA operations as one of the most sustainable Atlantic salmon aquaculture operations globally," says Garry Ullstrom, KUTERRA CEO. "Environmental sustainability is the goal at the heart of KUTERRA's mission, and this ranking shows we're achieving that."
The Monterey Bay Aquarium assessment examined three land-based facilities currently operating globally: in British Columbia, West Virginia and Denmark. All three received the top, green ranking. The three farms are considered representative of current practices in land-based closed-containment aquaculture globally, which makes the ranking applicable to other similar land-based Atlantic salmon farms as they develop.
"The exceptional market demand for KUTERRA salmon shows that consumers have been waiting for a sustainable Atlantic salmon option that's good for them and good for the environment," says Guy Dean, Vice-president, and Chief Sustainability Officer for Albion Fisheries, KUTERRA's marketing partner. "We are proud to be among the first in the world to offer this green "Best Choice" seafood option to consumers."
KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon was launched in the market in April of this year. It is currently available for sale in British Columbia and Alberta, and is appearing on the menus of a growing number of fine restaurants.
Jo Mrozewski, KUTERRA Communications
Guy Dean, Albion Fisheries, Vice President–Import/Export
Kuterra Limited Partnership is 100-percent owned by the 'Namgis First Nation. It was founded three years ago to grow Atlantic salmon on land commercially using a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). Kuterra has three core goals: a) bust myths – to dispel misconceptions about land-based salmon aquaculture, b) make a good profit – to attract investment and accelerate the shift of Atlantic salmon aquaculture to land, and c) promote sustainability and growth – to create long-term jobs and business opportunities that are consistent with 'Namgis values of protecting land and water. Kuterra has partnered with the SOS Marine Conservation Foundation to work toward these goals. Tides Canada is a project advisor and lead funder. The Kuterra facility currently has a staff of four, and consists of one commercial-scale module. Ultimately the facility will consist of five modules and ancillary units such as aquaponics and other waste utilization operations.
ALBION FISHERIES LTD.
If you’ve dined at virtually any high profile restaurant in Western Canada, shopped for seafood at supermarkets in B.C. or Alberta or visited the bustling fish markets in Vancouver and Victoria, then you’ve likely enjoyed products from the largest seafood distributor in Western Canada – Albion Fisheries Ltd. Established in 1963 and celebrating our 50th anniversary, Albion Fisheries Ltd is a GFS Canada Company. Albion employs over 250 people in Richmond, Victoria, Calgary and Haida Gwaii and has a global customer base of over 2,000. As the Vancouver Aquarium “Ocean Wise” Program Founding Supplier Partner as well as affiliations with numerous NGO ranking and certifying bodies, Albion is committed to supplying and sourcing sustainable products for our premium marketplace. At Albion Fisheries we recognize our role in helping ensure an eco-friendly, sustainable future. We are committed to being a proactive leader that is well positioned to supply sustainable seafood products while reducing our overall environmental impact and contributing positively to the social and ethical well being of the communities we live, work and interact in.