With the certification of two of its processing plants, The Scottish Salmon Company is the first salmon producer in the United Kingdom eligible to offer two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) salmon.
The company’s processing plants at Marybank in Stornoway and at Loch Fyne in Cairndow. This announcement comes about six months after The Scottish Salmon Company became the UK’s first salmon producer to be awarded BAP certification for all its marine farm sites, which total 46.
“Our processing facilities at Marybank and Cairndow are incredibly important to our operations. To be awarded a two-star certification just six months after our first BAP [certification] not only recognizes the commitment and expertise of our people, but also reinforces our exacting standards in producing the best quality Scottish salmon,” said Craig Anderson, CEO of The Scottish Salmon Company.
He continued, “Developing a platform for responsible business growth continues to be a core priority as we look forward. These new BAP certifications will help strengthens our commitment and passion for Scottish provenance and quality and continue to drive our international export strategy.”
“This is a major milestone for BAP certification in Europe and in particular for the Scottish salmon-farming industry,” added Mike Berthet, BAP market development manager for Europe. “Not only does this reflect the importance that The Scottish Salmon Company places on producing nutritious aquaculture to BAP’s exacting standards but it also enables more retailers and foodservice operators around the world who subscribe to Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) within their sourcing policies, to add BAP Scottish salmon to their range.”
Administered by GAA, BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare, and traceability. The BAP program covers the entire aquaculture production chain – processing plants, hatcheries, farms and feed mills.
The number of BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills currently totals more than 2,100 worldwide.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, BAP is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously-improved standards. BAP standards cover the entire aquaculture supply chain and 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.