by Global Aquaculture Alliance
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 3:28PM EST
The Global Aquaculture Alliance, the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood, is pleased to announce the Best Aquaculture Practices certification of four salmon farms owned and operated in British Columbia, Canada, by Grieg Seafood B.C. Ltd.
Family-owned Grieg Seafood rears its "craft-raised" Skuna Bay Salmon at these farms.
"Skuna Bay's commitment to certify its salmon farms to the prestigious BAP standards demonstrates dedication to responsible aquaculture and assures the confidence of the marketplace," said GAA President George Chamberlain. "Its leadership inspires aquaculturists around the world to strive for this global standard of excellence."
Stewart Hawthorn, managing director of Skuna Bay, said, "Our craftsmen farmers share the same values as the Global Aquaculture Alliance -- to provide healthful salmon using environmentally and socially responsible practices to help meet the growing global demand for sustainable and nutritious food sources."
Skuna Bay raises its salmon in Nootka Sound, an isolated region with ideal salinity and tidal conditions off the coast of Vancouver Island. Patented innovations in packaging and a tamper-proof traceable seal ensure the salmon's freshness is preserved as it is delivered from the ocean to chefs' kitchens.
BAP certification is based on the international Best Aquaculture Practices standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. For salmon and other major farmed species, BAP requires effective management of animal health, feed inputs, water quality and food safety. In a process that includes site inspections and in-depth audits, social responsibility and traceability are additional requirements.
Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance that is based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain -- farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills. BAP certification assures healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. For more information on BAP, visit www.gaalliance.org/bap/.
Source: Global Aquaculture Alliance