Cooke Aquaculture first with BAP certificationStaff Writer | October 8, 2016
Cooke Aquaculture has become the first salmon producer to earn Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) certification under its new two-year BAP group audit.
Fish Industry-specific challenges
The New Brunswick-based company is qualified to offer four-star BAP salmon, signifying that a product originates from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills, BAP’s highest designation.
The BAP group audit allows for fewer third-party audits while reducing costs and maintaining program integrity.
These farms comply with the same BAP farm standards, but only companies with well-established quality management systems are able to comply with the BAP group audit.
The new audit process has a two-year certification period, with a one-year interim audit at the midpoint. Currently, this two-year certification period is unique to salmon producers, which have a longer crop cycle than many farmed seafood species.
It’s a result of the BAP team working to find solutions to industry-specific challenges while maintaining program integrity. ■