A farm in Mainstream Canada is the first one to receive BAP certification for salmon farming. (Photo: Mainstream/BAP)
Salmon farm receives BAP certification
Friday, December 16, 2011, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Mainstream Canada's Brent Island farm near Campbell River, British Columbia (BC) is the first salmon farm anywhere to receive the Global Aquaculture Alliance's (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) new standards certification for farmed salmon.
"By meeting this new standard, we are proving our commitment to find ways to constantly improve our operations as part of our sustainability principles," said Mainstream Canada's Managing Director Fernando Villarroel. "Our vision as part of the Cermaq Group is to be a global leader in the aquaculture industry and we are committed to creating value through sustainable aquaculture, which is our mission statement."
The company sought BAP standards because they align with Mainstream Canada's principles of advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. These standards are the result of an international science-based certification scheme, he explained.
"The GAA proudly congratulates Mainstream Canada on leading the industry in achieving the first BAP salmon farm certification," GAA President George Chamberlain said. "This prestigious accomplishment culminates a three-year development process for the standards that involved dedicated NGOs, academics and industry representatives working together to develop consensus-based salmon standards that benefit the community, the environment and consumers."
The Brent Island farm was audited and showed that its standard operating procedures sometimes have a higher standard than government requirements, said Mainstream Canada's Certification and Quality Manager Richard Finch.
"This is great news for us and shows that we are operating to our high standards of environmental and socially responsible practices," he said. "We were able to meet the BAP standards thanks to our comprehensive management systems, which are certified to ISO standards."
Earlier this year, Mainstream Canada was the first salmon farming company to receive Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture certification through the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association. It also received a COR award from the Food and Manufacturing Industry Occupational Safety Alliance of BC due to its safe work practices.
Mainstream Canada's Brent Island farm was audited in October and the company was informed of the new certification this week. It will now seek additional BAP certifications for other sites.
GAA completed the BAP standard for salmon aquaculture in June. They are based on current best practices but continuously evolve with advancing technology.
"The programme now covers farmed salmon via international guidelines that protect the environment, worker rights and animal welfare, while also addressing food safety and traceability," GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens said.
The group operates under the goal of "feeding the world through responsible aquaculture."
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