By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 23 October, 2012
Skretting North America's fish feed production facilities in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Vancouver, British Columbia, are now certified under the Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program, the first fish feed plants in North America to be certified by BAP.
“We are extremely pleased to announce BAP certification for both of our Canadian feed mills," Chris Beattie, General Manager of Skretting North America, commented. “Sustainable practices are very important to us, our customers and those who eat the seafood produced, the final consumer. In the past two years we have introduced sustainable raw material sourcing policies, a global CO2 reduction target in addition to on-going R&D programs addressing areas of sustainability such as how to further reduce our use of fish oil. BAP certification is further recognition of our commitment to sustainability and builds on our successful SEA (Sustainable Economic Aquafeeds) program.”
SEA is Skretting’s program for developing sustainable feed solutions that take account of long term environmental considerations while making it possible for the farmer to operate a profitable business.
The BAP program is operated by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and encourages the use of responsible production systems that are sustainable regarding environmental and community needs, and efficiently provide safe, wholesome aquaculture products to the world’s population. The BAP standard addresses environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program.
BAP certification for aquaculture facilities covers four areas: processor, farm, hatchery and feed mill, with one star awarded for certification at each stage of the value chain. Skretting North America’s certification enables its customers to add an additional star to their current certification program.