Surrey, B.C. – A salmon aquaculture company in B.C. has begun construction on a value-added processing facility that will provide more healthy options for its consumers and more jobs for the community.
Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) says the plant will be in operation by this July and will process approximately 12,000 tonnes of salmon each year and add 75 new full-time positions. It will serve customers in Western Canada and the North West U.S.
The company says the new facility was prompted by increasing demand from consumers for healthy and convenient food.
“With the new plant,” says Vincent Erenst, Managing Director at MHC, “we can provide customers with delicious and easy-to-prepare meal options made from high quality and fresh salmon.”
MHC globally produces one-fifth of the world’s farm-raised salmon at facilities in Norway, Scotland, Canada, Chile, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Globally, the company employs more than 10,000 people, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
In Canada, MHC operates salmon farms on the coast of B.C. and Vancouver Island, where 530 people produce 45,000 tonnes of sustainable farm-raised Atlantic salmon each year.
The salmon are four-star certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices and MHC is the first company in North America to have a farm certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council salmon standard.