Best Aquaculture Practice
World’s first salmon company to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status
Canada’s Northern Harvest Sea Farms Group was the world’s first salmon company to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status (December 2014), denoting the company’s salmon processing plants, farm sites, hatcheries and feed mills are all BAP certified, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in December
“Congratulations to the management of Northern Harvest on attaining hatchery, feed mill, farm and processing plant certification to the BAP standards. It’s the first company to achieve BAP four-star status for salmon, and this is a tribute to the company’s leadership,” said GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens.
Larry Ingalls, company president, said the achievement is a direct reflection of the commitment that Northern Harvest management and employees have toward sustainability. “Our employees and their families live in the same areas where we operate,” he said. “We eat the products we produce and we are all committed to ensuring the long term viability of our operations as well as environmental sustainability. We have proven once again that being a small, family-owned operation does not mean we cannot be a global industry leader.”
Northern Harvest Sea Farms’ processing plant, marine sites, and Skretting Canada feed mill in Bayside, New Brunswick, had previously attained BAP certification in October 2012. Additionally, Northern Harvest’s Bar Island site was Atlantic Canada’s first BAP-certified salmon farm.
First salmon company in North America to complete the BAP multi-cluster Program (BAP-C)
Canada’s Northern Harvest Sea Farms is the first salmon company in North America to complete the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) new multi-site cluster program (BAP-C), resulting in five salmon farm sea sites in Newfoundland attaining BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on Nov. 1.
The BAP-C program allows an applicant to combine multiple farm sites within a defined geographical area to apply for BAP certification for all sites during a single audit.
Northern Harvest’s salmon-farming operations are an example of the consistently robust internal management systems in place across all member sites to support the cluster audit scheme. Audit efficiency is achieved by a combination of reviewing documents and policies common to all member sites such as permits, operating licenses and diver safety, in addition to individual site visits to assess site-specific audit clauses, escapes, therapeutant use and wildlife interactions.
What is BAP?
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, 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 owned by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
The “Best Aquaculture Practices Certified” mark means the facilities that raised and/or processed seafood adhere to responsible aquaculture practices. What makes BAP certification comprehensive includes the five-pillar approach: environmental responsibility, animal health and welfare, food safety, social responsibility, and traceability.
Aquaculture facilities that participate in BAP certification apply standardized best management practices in every phase of their operations to ensure food safety, environmental integrity, social responsibility, animal welfare and traceability.
Seafood produced under BAP standards is better for the environment, better for your customers and better for the greater global community. The comprehensive BAP standards go well beyond other aquaculture certification programs by addressing much more than important environmental issues. BAP addresses social justice to protect workers, animal welfare to safeguard the health of the animals and food safety.