Salmon Safe, a non-profit organization of Portland, Oregon certifies ranchers, wineries, and farmers for adopting practices which protect salmon and their habitats. This certification program has recently been adopted in B.C. Twenty-two provincial ranchers and farmers are already Salmon Safe certified.
Foods that carry the Salmon Safe certification logo are produced without the use of chemicals and organic pest control agents that harm marine environments, according to Mike Meneer of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Certified farms must also maintain strict buffer zones between crops and farm animals and salmon-bearing streams and wetlands, standards that are over and above federal standards.
The program is being delivered in B.C. in partnership with the Fraser Basin Council and the Pacific Salmon Foundation to encourage agri-businesses to adopt environmental stewardship over habitats vital to the province’s iconic food fish. [Read full article].