Chilean Salmon Farms First to Complete BAP Multi-Site Zone Cluster Programme

4 February 2016, at 12:00am

CHILE - Marine Harvest Chile has completed the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) new multi-site zone cluster program, resulting in nine of its salmon farm sites and two of its processing plants attaining BAP certification.

Thanks to the biosecurity measures implemented by Chile’s regulatory authorities, the BAP multi-site zone cluster program is an ideal fit for Chile’s salmon and mussel facilities.

The programme allows an applicant with multiple farm sites in a federally set zone, also known as a “barrio,” or neighborhood, to apply for BAP certification for more than one site at a time. In addition to multi-site zone cluster, farms can be certified as a group.

“At Marine Harvest, we are proud to achieve three-star BAP for our operations in Chile, which confirms the high standards of our operations, our commitment toward sustainability and our engagement with our customers,” said Gianfranco Nattero, Marine Harvest’s managing director of sales and marketing in the Americas.

“This certification will allow us to continue to grow and develop the salmon category in the US market.”

“We are extremely pleased that Marine Harvest Chile achieved BAP certification with two processing plants and nine farms, which is demonstrating real change on the water,” said Peter Redmond, BAP’s VP of market development.

“The BAP programme continues to be dynamic and responsive to the marketplace’s needs. The new group and multi-site zone cluster programs finally allow for multiple farms to apply for certification at one time rather than one farm at a time. It’s costly and, in a lot of cases, unnecessary.

“The feed mill that Marine Harvest Chile uses for its farms is already BAP certified, so the company is essentially going from no BAP stars to three star BAP overnight. It’s quite an accomplishment.”