Congratulations to Finger Lakes Fish Inc., the world’s first recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) coho salmon farm to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early October.
Finger Lakes Fish is raising coho salmon in a 43,000-square-foot land-based farm in Auburn, New York. The farm is new, hatching its first cohort of eggs in April 2018 and selling its first batch of fish in September 2019. The farm has a production capacity of approximately 400 metric tons. Currently, the coho are being sold as whole fish to foodservice outlets in the region and will be sold as fillets to both foodservice and retail in the coming months. The fish are marketed under the LocalCoho brand.
“As an individual member of GAA, I have advocated for its Best Aquaculture Practices for years,” said Phil Gibson, a Finger Lakes Fish board member. “The organization has been a prime mover in the dramatic improvements that the aquaculture industry has achieved over the last two decades. It’s step-by-step approach to helping producers at each level achieve best practices for their operations is by far the most effective method I’ve seen to foster sustainability in the industry. BAP certification is a verification that our RAS operation is committed to doing our best for our industry and our environment.”
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