The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the first salmon producer in the UK to be awarded a 2-star ‘Best Aquaculture Practice’ (BAP) certification.
The Company has recently been awarded a second star for its processing sites at Marybank in Stornoway and Cairndow at Loch Fyne. This announcement comes six months after SSC was awarded a star for all of its marine sites throughout the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides.
The world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme, BAP is administered by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and is compliant with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) and Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).
Mirroring SSC’s commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and producing the highest quality Scottish salmon, BAP operates according to four ‘Pillars of Responsible Aquaculture’; food safety, social welfare, environmental and animal health.
BAP is the only certification to cover the entire aquaculture production chain, from hatcheries to farms to processing plants. The Scottish Salmon Company has now reached the second stage in its journey achieving full BAP certification across all of its operations.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Our processing facilities at Marybank and Cairndow are incredibly important to our operations. To be awarded a 2-star certification just six months after our first BAP accreditation not only recognises the commitment and expertise of our people, but also reinforces our exacting standards in producing the best quality Scottish salmon.
“Developing a platform for responsible business growth continues to be a core priority as we look forward. These new BAP certifications will help strengthen our commitment and passion for Scottish provenance and quality and continue to drive our international export strategy.”
Mike Berthet BAP’S Market Development Manager for the EU said: ‘'This is a major milestone for BAP Certification in Europe and in particular for the Scottish Salmon farming industry.
“Not only does this reflect the importance SSC place on producing Nutritious Aquaculture to BAP’s exacting standards but it also enables more Retailers and Food Service operators around the world who subscribe to the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative - GSSI within their sourcing policies, to add BAP Scottish Salmon to their range."