Scottish salmon producer is the first of its kind in Europe to earn 4-star BAP status

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has achieved 4-star status under the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program, becoming the first European salmon producer to do so.

Based all over the west coast of Scotland, SSC rears sea loch fresh salmon that is fully traceable from farm to shelf. The company earned its first two BAP stars for its processing sites in Marybank and Cairndow, as well as for its marine sites along Scotland’s west coast and Hebrides. In 2019, SSC was awarded its third star for sourcing feed from BAP-certified suppliers.

Four-star BAP status, the highest designation possible within the certification program, is expected to provide SSC with further recognition for its “robust supply chain integrity,” according to the company.

“Scottish provenance is sought after the world over – consumers want to know where their food has come from and that it is produced sustainably. To be awarded a 4-star BAP certification is testament to the care and commitment that goes in to responsibly farming our Scottish salmon at every stage of the supply chain,” SSC Director Su Cox said in a press release. “The BAP seal of approval means our customers can buy our Scottish Salmon with the confidence and reassurance that it is of the highest quality and integrity.”

BAP Market Development Manager for Europe Mike Berthet said SSC’s achievement within the program would serve to help enhance aquaculture’s reputation around the world.  

“The Scottish Salmon Company has proven its determination to have a fully BAP-certified operation by reaching four-star status,” Berthet said. “This certification recognises that SSC is contributing to a safe and nutritious product that is enjoyed all around the world, while enhancing the reputation of aquaculture as a responsible and sustainable industry.”

Photo courtesy of The Scottish Salmon Company


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