Sanford’s farmed mussels, salmon now BAP-certified
Prominent New Zealand seafood company Sanford has been granted Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) for its king salmon and green-lipped mussels production.
Restauranteurs, retailers and wholesalers sourcing king salmon and green-lipped mussels grown by Sanford in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand, can now be assured that the company has a responsible aquaculture policy in place –one that has minimal impact on the environment and values worker rights. For Sanford itself, the certification serves to reinforce the company’s overarching mission.
“Sustainability is at the core of everything we do at Sanford,” said Volker Kuntzsch, Sanford CEO. “Earning BAP certification ties well into our company ethos.”
“For us this is about benchmarking ourselves against the rest of the world in farming and sustainability,” he added. “BAP certification means consumers can trust Sanford to deliver not only the best quality seafood but also know we are measured in terms of environment, social and food-safety impacts, to meet the growing demand for ethically produced aquaculture.”
Sanford’s commitment to environmental guardianship, which is exemplified in its new BAP status for the aforementioned species, is something to be revered according to Aquaculture New Zealand CEO Gary Hooper.
“BAP certification is a welcomed recognition of this commitment and further enhances the industry’s reputation as the world’s most sustainable seafood producers. New Zealand’s marine farmers operate to the world’s highest environmental standards. Sustainability is not an added extra — it is core to our industry,” said Hooper.
Sanford has become another BAP-certified producer in a growing Oceania sector, said Peter Redmond, BAP’s VP of market development. Moreover, the company shows true commitment to the ideals put forth by the certification program in its successful completion of audits for both salmon and mussels.
“By completing both mussel and salmon certification at the same time, Sanford has demonstrated a drive and commitment that is truly outstanding,” said Redmond. “BAP is proud to have the majority of salmon in the Oceania region certified, and we hope the actions of Sanford will further spur other industry leaders to take up the challenge whether in salmon or mussels. This is a great landmark and another example of real change on the water.”
Ongoing independent reviews of Sanford’s aquaculture farming practices will continue to be conducted henceforth, Kuntzsch concluded.