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Cooke Aquaculture first with BAP certification

Staff 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.
Cooke Aquaculture
Fish   Industry-specific challenges
19 salmon farm sites in Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland attained BAP certification, meaning this is the largest BAP group audit for salmon farms to date.

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.