Marine Harvest Canada BAP certified

MHC's Port Hardy facility processes 35,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon products annually. Photo: WDFW MHC's Port Hardy facility processes 35,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon products annually. Photo: WDFW

Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) has become the first farm raised salmon producer in British Columbia to achieve three star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

The status was given on 3 July 2013 when the company’s Port Hardy processing facility was certified to the BAP Seafood Processing standard.

Clare Backman, director, sustainability programmes, Marine Harvest Canada, said: “Since the third party audited BAP Seafood Processing standards meets Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) requirements, MHC customers are assured that products meet high food safety and quality standards."

Ms Backman added: "Because all BAP standards encompass social and environmental aspects, customers know that the salmon they receive is produced in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

MHC’s Port Hardy facility, which is located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, processes more than 35,000 tonnes of Atlantic farm raised salmon products annually.

The new certification joins the Salmon Farm and Feed Mill certification that MHC and its fish feed manufacturer, Skretting Canada, received in 2012.

MHC says it has future plans to certify its Kitasoo processing facility located in Klemtu, BC.

The final four start status will become available to MHC when the Hatchery standard is completed by BAP. The standard is expected to be available for salmon farmers by 2014.

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