Chef Tom Valenti Serving Sustainable Salmon

May 13, 2013                        

St Andrews - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will host a dinner event in support of its environmentally-sustainable salmon aquaculture program on Wednesday, May 15th at the Yale Club, New York, NY.  Sixty guests will have the opportunity to sample land-based, closed containment salmon, which is being prepared by renowned chef and culinary consultant Tom Valenti.  

The salmon was grown in a land-based closed containment aquaculture facility in West Virginia, using cutting edge technology.  The advantage, says Bill Taylor, President of ASF, is that closed containment aquaculture eliminates the interaction of farmed salmon and the environment.  “With the added sustainability factors for land-based operations, including virtually 100 % water recycling, no dumping of waste on the ocean floor,  no escapes to interact with wild populations in our rivers, reduced pesticide and antibiotic use, and no interaction of these chemicals with wild fish or the marine environment, the market appeal for closed containment salmon is significant”.

Amongst those attending the dinner event, are renowned authors Monte Burke and Hoagy Carmichael, former Chairman of ASF’s Board of Directors and Bangor Daily News publisher, Richard Warren, and ASF Board Member Austin Buck.

Jill Alcott, who is organizing the dinner event on behalf of ASF, says that the focus of the evening will be on building awareness about farming salmon to avoid negative effects on wild Atlantic salmon and their environment: “This dinner, which is the first event held by ASF at the Yale Club, will allow  our guests to sample the quality of salmon grown in closed containment facilities”, says Alcott, “Since the product is healthy for both people and the environment, it is of interest to environmentally conscious citizens and educated consumers alike”.  

All proceeds from the dinner event will be used to support ASF’s land-based closed containment salmon aquaculture program, which aims to develop a sustainable product that is commercially available.


The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well-being and survival depend.  ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England).  The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.

ASF Contact:  Livia Goodbrand, Manager of Public Information: Lgoodbrand@asf.ca; 506-529-1033 (o); 506-469-1033 (c)