The Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early May that Multiexport Foods S.A. has achieved two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.
Six Multiexport salmon farms in Chile recently earned BAP certification, joining the company’s processing plant in Puerto Montt, Chile, which was the world’s first salmon processing plant to receive BAP certification in January 2012.
Located in Chile’s Region XI, the six farm sites – Izaza, Polla, Refugio, Simpson, Williams and Wickham — collectively produce more than 20,000 metric tons of salmon annually. The fish are marketed throughout the Americas, mainly in the United States and Brazil, to both retail and foodservice customers.
“Multiexport Foods is proud of our results and ongoing efforts with our continuous improvement projects related to sustainability and the environment. We are pleased with the recent recognition of two-star BAP certification, which provides an important validation to our strong commitment to improved aquaculture practices,” said Jason Paine, general manager of Multiexport Foods-USA.
Added Multiexport CEO Andrés Lyon, “We are pleased to get this certification also for our farms, because it shows again the commitment of all our corporate divisions with responsible and sustainable aquaculture.”
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 www.bap.gaalliance.org.