The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) in late July congratulated Acuinova Chile S.A. for achieving Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.
Acuinova Chile joins Nova Austral and a number of other Pescanova Group seafood processing plants in receiving BAP certification. Nova Austral’s salmon processing plant in Porvenir, Chile, earned BAP certification late last month.
Acuinova Chile is located in Puerto Chacabuco-Aysen, Chile, in Region XI. The processing plant earned BAP certification on July 15. Acuinova Chile produces more than 35,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon annually.
The product is sold primarily to retail and foodservice customers in the European Union, North America, Japan, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The plant produces fresh and frozen salmon in a variety of product forms, including fillets, portions, blocks, H&G and whole fish.
Acuinova Chile said BAP certification provides further recognition of the high standards already achieved by the company and reaffirms its commitment to responsible salmon farming.
With the addition of the Acuinova and Nova Austral facilities and other processing plants, the BAP program has reached a milestone, surpassing the 600-facility mark. More than 600 processing plants, farms, feed mills and hatcheries are now BAP certified. That’s a net increase of more than 100 facilities since Nov. 30, 2012, when 497 processing plants, farms, feed mills and hatcheries were BAP certified.
Additionally, the combined annual output from BAP-certified salmon processing plants now exceeds 400,000 metric tons. Currently, much of the growth within the BAP program is attributed to salmon.
Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. For more information on BAP, visit http://bap.gaalliance.org.