Marine Harvest Canada is the first farm-raised salmon producer in British Columbia to achieve three-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. The premier status was attained on July 3rd, 2013, when the company’s Port Hardy Processing facility was certified to the BAP Seafood Processing standard.
The new certification complements the Salmon Farm and Feed Mill certification that Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) and its fish feed manufacturer, Skretting Canada, received in 2012 which “guarantees our customers a continuous supply of BAP three-star certified product” states MHC Sustainability Programs Director, Clare Backman.
“Since the third-party audited BAP Seafood Processing standard meets Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) requirements, MHC customers are assured that product meets high food safety and quality standards,” Backman says, “and because all BAP standards encompass social and environmental aspects, customers know that the salmon they receive is produced in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
MHC’s Port Hardy Processing Plant is located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This state-of-the-art facility processes more than 35,000 tonnes of high quality Atlantic farm-raised salmon products annually. Built in 2003, the plant is the newest fish processing facility in British Columbia.