Northern Harvest achieves BAP certification
Northern Harvest’s Bar Island site is Atlantic Canada’s first Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified salmon farm, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on Tuesday.
The news comes about two-and-a-half months after Mainstream Canada’s Brent Island site in British Columbia became the world’s first BAP-certified salmon farm. The BAP farmed salmon standards were finalized in mid-2011, a process that took more than two years.
Northern Harvest is based in St. George, New Brunswick, and operates salmon farms in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
“As a family-owned and community-based company for more than 25 years, we have been committed to producing environmentally healthy fish that are sustainably grown,” said Northern Harvest President Larry Ingalls. “This milestone would not be possible without the active assistance of the local communities where we operate. Our certification only highlights the company’s and employees’ long-standing commitment to responsible aquaculture practices.”
Northern Harvest also operates a HACCP-certified processing plant in St. George and is about to open a state-of-the-art salmon hatchery that will be one of the world’s largest, said Steve French, the company’s sales manager.