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BAP Gains Northern Harvest Processing Plant

12 April 2012, at 1:00am

CANADA - Certification of the Northern Harvest Sea Farm processing plant in St George, New Brunswick, Canada, has established Northern Harvest as the Best Aquaculture Practices programme's first "two-star" salmon operation.

The 9 April plant certification audit by Global Trust was preceded in March by BAP certification of Northern Harvest's Bar Island salmon farm in eastern Canada. Three additional Northern Harvest farms have applied for the certification.

"The Global Aquaculture Alliance congratulates Northern Harvest on its second certification in as many months and appreciates its continued dedication to responsible aquaculture," GAA President George Chamberlain said. "This represents a 'next step' for not only Northern Harvest, but also the BAP programme, which is striving to include more salmon operations as well as facilities for other species."

"This important achievement exemplifies our commitment toward responsible aquaculture and the long-term positive impacts it will have on the coastal communities within which we operate," Northern Harvest President Larry Ingalls said. "Our company's goal is to continue working toward certification of all of our salmon-farming operations -- from our new land-based hatchery to our farms, through to our processing and distribution facilities."

The Northern Harvest processing plant opened in 2007. It now offers a full range of salmon products, including fillets, steaks and portions. Over the past two years, plant capacity has been doubled, and there have been significant investments in state-of-the-art value-adding technologies, food safety initiatives and various efficiency improvements.

The company's salmon farms implement low stocking densities and eco-friendly diets to limit environmental impacts. Through proximity to major markets, Northern Harvest's company strategy is to deliver fresh, sustainably grown salmon as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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