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Cermaq Becomes First ASC Certified Salmon Producer in Chile

16 July 2014

CHILE - Cermaq Chile has become the first salmon producer in Chile to achieve certification against the extensive Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standard for responsible aquaculture.

The certification was achieved at Cermaq Chile’s site Unicorno Sur, located in the region of Magallanes (Region XII) in the southern part of Chile.

Cermaq’s mission is sustainable aquaculture, and the company works systematically with initiatives, systems and routines that strengthens the sustainability and increases the transparency of the company’s operations. The certification in Chile is a result of this systematic work, and confirms that Cermaq is on the right path.

"To Cermaq, with such a large part of our operations in Chile, it is very gratifying that our first ASC certification is achieved here," said Jon Hindar, CEO of Cermaq.

"I am proud of the work our Chilean colleagues have done in this area. In parallel, we are also working towards ASC certification of our sites both in Norway and Canada."

Through its membership in the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), Cermaq has endorsed the ASC certification.

GSI is an initiative established by global farming companies, aiming to improve the sustainability of the industry. The members of GSI have committed to a common goal to provide a highly sustainable source of healthy protein, in order to feed a growing world population, while minimizing the environmental footprint, whilst continuing to improve the social contribution.

GSI’s 17 members make up more than 70 per cent of the global salmon industry, and all GSI members have as a common goal to have their sites ASC certified within 2020.

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