Chinese crab firm, US salmon smoker snag BAP certification

Published on
October 24, 2017

For the first time, a Chinese hairy crab farm has obtained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

The Zhejiang Aoling Aquatic Seeding Technology Co. Ltd. hairy crab farm in Huzhou Cirty, Zhejiang, China, has attained BAP certification, becoming the world’s first crab farm of any kind to earn the distinction, according to the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

The crab is sold live, mainly through the internet, domestically in China. 

“What makes this even more exciting is that this is the first BAP-certified species that will be marketed live, directly to Chinese consumers,” GAA Vice President Steve Hart said. “They will receive a box of live crab with the BAP logo on the packaging, giving us the opportunity to begin promoting responsible aquaculture directly to consumers.”

Meanwhile, The MacKnight Food Group’s smoked salmon processing plant in Miami, Florida, also earned BAP certification.

MacKnight ships a variety of smoked salmon products to retail and foodservice customers across the U.S. The 15,000-square-foot salmon facility is one of four processing plants owned and operated by the privately-owned company.

Utilizing Atlantic salmon farmed in Scotland, Norway and Chile, MacKnight makes salmon sides, sliced smoked salmon, smoked salmon fleurettes, smoked salmon mignons, salmon bacon and salmon burgers.

“Responsible aquaculture is of the utmost importance to MacKnight,” MacKnight CEO Jonathan Brown said. “As the world’s reliance on farmed fish grows, it is up to everyone in the industry to ensure we all follow the best possible practices.”

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