The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: March 2015

Four-Star BAP Status for True North Salmon

True North salmon from Atlantic Canada and Maine has achieved four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status. True North salmon is produced by Cooke Aquaculture Inc. — North America’s largest vertically integrated, independent salmon-farming company. Four-star BAP status denotes a combination of the company’s salmon processing plants, farms, feed mills and hatcheries are BAP certified. It’s the highest such achievement in the BAP program. Four-star BAP status was achieved when three of Cooke’s salmon hatcheries recently earned BAP certification. Cooke is the world’s first salmon company to have more than one hatchery BAP certified. Also, Cooke is the second salmon company … READ MORE “Four-Star BAP Status for True North Salmon”

Four-Star BAP Status Awarded To Marine Harvest Canada

Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) is the first salmon company in British Columbia — and only the second in the world — to achieve a new level of aquaculture certification. The announcement of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status marks the culmination of full certification of the company’s salmon processing plants, farm sites, hatcheries and feed mills, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early March. BAP certified status for MHC’s Dalrymple freshwater hatchery in Campbell River, British Columbia, represents the world’s second salmon hatchery to earn BAP certification since new BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans, and mollusks were completed in September. … READ MORE “Four-Star BAP Status Awarded To Marine Harvest Canada”

Canada’s First Full-Line Seafood Distributor Attains BAP Certification

July, 2013 Albion Fisheries Ltd., Western Canada’s largest seafood distributor, is the latest processing facility to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in mid-July. Albion’s 65,000-square-foot processing plant in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, attained BAP certification on July 12, becoming the first full-line seafood distributor in Canada to earn this distinction. The company processes a variety of seafood products at its facility, including Atlantic salmon. “Albion is focused on continuous improvement, and BAP is another step in this very important journey,” said John K. Milobar, president of Albion Fisheries. “It allows our customers to … READ MORE “Canada’s First Full-Line Seafood Distributor Attains BAP Certification”

First Rainbow Trout Processor Earns BAP Certification

March, 2014 Truchas Belmira S.A.S. is the world’s first rainbow trout processing plant to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early March. Located in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, the facility processed 360 metric tons of trout last year and is expected to process 800 metric tons of fish this year. Truchas Belmira operates six trout farms near Medellín. Founded in 1993, the company specializes in fresh trout, selling whole fish, butterflied fish and fillets to retail and foodservice customers primarily in the United States, with Columbia representing about 10% of total sales. “I’m proud to … READ MORE “First Rainbow Trout Processor Earns BAP Certification”

First U.S. Steelhead Trout Farm Achieves BAP Certification

April, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late April that Pacific Seafood Group’s steelhead trout farm on the Columbia River is the United States’ first steelhead trout or salmon farm to achieve Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Operated by Pacific Seafood’s Pacific Aquaculture division, the farm is located in Nespelem, Wash., on the Colville Nation, in northeastern Washington state. Pacific Seafood purchased the farm in 2008 but partners with the Colville Nation to operate it; most farm employees are members of the Colville Nation. The farm produces more than 8 million pounds (3.63 million kilograms) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) … READ MORE “First U.S. Steelhead Trout Farm Achieves BAP Certification”

Mexico’s First Tilapia Farm Earns BAP Certification

January, 2015 Acuicola Gemso S.A. de C.V. is Mexico’s first tilapia farm to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. A partner of U.S.-based Tropical Aquaculture Products, the farm, which earned BAP certification last month, uses a cage system in the Plutarco Elias Calles “El Novillo” Reservoir, located east of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Founded nearly five years ago, Gemso partnered with Tropical early last year, when it began exporting fresh tilapia to the U.S. West Coast. The farm is situated only 16 hours from Los Angeles by truck. The fish are processed at a nearby plant equipped to process deep-skinned, fully … READ MORE “Mexico’s First Tilapia Farm Earns BAP Certification”

Europe’s First Tilapia Farm Earns BAP Certification

May, 2014 R.H. Ward (Welton) Ltd.’s tilapia farm, The Fish Company, in the United Kingdom is Europe’s first tilapia farm to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, on May 6. It’s also the United Kingdom’s first aquaculture farm to achieve the distinction. Located in Welton Cliff, Lincolnshire, the farm, which has been in operation since 2007, earned BAP certification in April. The tilapia are reared in a centrally heated recirculating system inside in a custom-built 1080-square-meter facility heated by a waste-wood biomass boiler and partially powered by a … READ MORE “Europe’s First Tilapia Farm Earns BAP Certification”