BAP certified two NZ salmon farms. (Photo: Mt Cook Alpine Salmon/BAP/FIS)
BAP certifies its first two salmon farms in Australasia
Friday, October 05, 2012, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programme this week certified two Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Ltd farms located in the Mackenzie Basin area near Twizel, New Zealand. These are the first BAP-certified salmon farms in Australasia.
"The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is proud to include Mt Cook in the growing number of certified salmon producers," BAP VP of Market Development Peter Redmond said.
"Mt Cook is a truly world-class operation with a staff that is dedicated to doing the right thing in a sustainable way. Our hope is that achieving BAP certification will further endorse what was already a very environmentally friendly operation and help drive their growth into the future," he continued.
The unique Mt Cook Alpine Salmon facilities are the highest salmon farms in the world. They raise fish in canals that carry glacial water from mountain lakes to hydroelectric stations.
These farms’ isolated location lets the salmon grow in an environment free of diseases and chemical contaminants – these salmon have been produced in net pens at low rearing densities since 1992 and are not treated with vaccines or antibiotics at any life stage.
"Not only is this a tremendous achievement for Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, but it is also a significant moment for New Zealand aquaculture in general," Mount Cook Chairman the Right Honorable J B Bolger ONZ said.
Jeff Sedacca, president of the Shrimp and Aquaculture Division of Maine, US-based National Fish and Seafood, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon's key worldwide distributor, said the certifications demonstrate Mt Cook's commitment to leadership and sustainability in the aquaculture industry.
"The quality of the salmon -- and being able to drink the water after it passes through the farms -- truly set Mt Cook Alpine Salmon apart from any other aquaculture operations in the world," Sedacca said.
BAP certification is based on the international BAP standards developed by the GAA. Organised in 1997, the non-profit NGO developed the BAP certification standards and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices by coordinating the development of BAP certification standards for hatcheries, farms, processing facilities and feed mills, requiring biodiversity protection, effluent limits, worker safety and strict controls on chemical use.
The certification process includes site inspections and thorough audits by third-party certification bodies. Auditors from the Ireland-based Global Trust performed the BAP audits in New Zealand.
By Natalia Real