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BAP Gains First Two-Star Salmon Operation In Southern Hemisphere

CHILE - The global nature of the Best Aquaculture Practices programme recently grew with the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification of the first two-star salmon facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

In combination with its previously certified farms, the July 23 BAP certification of Salmones Camanchacas salmon-processing plant in Tome, Chile, established the company's vanguard two-star status.

"Chile is a truly major salmon-producing region, so it is exciting for us to recognize Camanchaca's multiple certifications," BAP Vice President of Development Peter Redmond said. "This achievement represents its considerable continued efforts to comply with the BAP standards for environmental and social responsibility."

Camanchaca processes and distributes fresh and frozen salmon fillets and portions in a variety of sizes and specifications under the Camanchaca and Pier 33 brand names. With a monthly processing capacity of nearly 5,000 metric tons, its 8,200-square-meter plant is supported by over 9,600 square meters of freezer storage.

Camanchaca has four BAP-certified salmon farms located near Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile. Its Licha, Chonos and Maihueico Farms completed audits in July. The farm units typically harvest 4,000 metric tons of salmon per cycle.

Three additional farms are scheduled for certification in August in a plan to have all active farming sites certified before the end of 2012, Camanchaca Corporate Marketing and Planning Director Igal Neiman said. The company also plans to work with BAP-certified feed suppliers and to certify its own hatchery in Petrohue, Los Lagos Region.

"Camanchaca has a strong commitment to keep our quality standards at the highest possible level, while simultaneously caring for the sustainability of our activities," Mr Neiman said. "The BAP standards are highly appreciated and valued by consumers, retailers and foodservice operators worldwide."

BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the international Best Aquaculture Practices standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Two-star status means a participating company has established integrated operations with a direct, traceable link between BAP-certified farm and processing facilities.

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