The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the UK’s first salmon producer to be recognised with a 3-star ‘Best Aquaculture Practice’ (BAP) certification.
SSC was awarded a third star for sourcing its feed from BAP certified suppliers. The Company already holds two stars for its processing sites at Marybank and Cairndow, and all its marine sites throughout the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides.
SSC accepted its third star at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston on Sunday 17 March, where SSC is showcasing its Lochlander Salmon. The North American export market is a key focus for SSC, where demand for quality, traceability and Scottish provenance continues to grow, with sales increasing six-fold in the last two years.
BAP is the world’s most trusted and comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme, and 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 third stage in its journey to achieving full BAP certification across all operations.
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.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “To be awarded a 3-star certification within a year of our first and second recognises the commitment and expertise of our people, and also reinforces our commitment to producing the finest quality Scottish Salmon responsibly and sustainably. Fundamental to this is the quality of our feed to ensure the healthy growth and quality of our salmon.
“We are passionate about our Scottish provenance and are extremely proud of Lochlander Salmon, which offers our export customers a premium quality Scottish Salmon they can be proud of, with full traceability and Scottish Provenance Guaranteed.”
Mike Berthet, BAP’S Market Development Manager for the EU, said: “Yet again SSC proves its determination to have a seamless BAP certified operation which enhances the reputation of Aquaculture and recognises those within SSC and their Feed Suppliers who are contributing to a safe and nutritious product for our growing global population.”
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).
SSC is showcasing its Lochlander Salmon at its stand #2253 on the Scottish Pavilion at the SENA Boston, or for more information, visit www.lochlander.com