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Craig Anderson, left, is presented with SSC's three-star BAP certification by Mike Berthet, BAP’S market development manager for the EU, in Boston. Photo: SSC.
Craig Anderson, left, is presented with SSC's three-star BAP certification by Mike Berthet, BAP’S market development manager for the EU, in Boston. Photo: SSC.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the UK’s first salmon producer to be recognised with a 3-star Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification.

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SSC was awarded a third star for sourcing its feed from BAP-certified suppliers. It already holds two stars for its processing sites at Marybank and Cairndow, and all of its marine sites throughout the west coast of Scotland and Hebrides.

The Edinburgh-headquartered company accepted its third star at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston on Sunday, where the company was showcasing its Lochlander salmon, a brand designed specifically for the North American restaurant and food service market.

Key market

North America is a key focus for SSC, with sales increasing six-fold in the last two years.

In a press release, SSC said BAP is the world’s most trusted and comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme, and the only certification to cover the entire aquaculture production chain, from hatcheries to farms to processing plants. The company has now reached the third stage in its journey to achieving full BAP certification across all operations.

SSC chief executive Craig Anderson said: “To be awarded a 3-star certification within a year of our first and second recognises the commitment and expertise of our people, and also reinforces our commitment to producing the finest quality Scottish salmon responsibly and sustainably. Fundamental to this is the quality of our feed to ensure the healthy growth and quality of our salmon.

Scottish provenance

“We are passionate about our Scottish provenance and are extremely proud of Lochlander salmon, which offers our export customers a premium quality Scottish salmon they can be proud of, with full traceability and Scottish provenance guaranteed.” 

Mike Berthet, BAP’S market development manager for the EU, said: “Yet again SSC proves its determination to have a seamless BAP-certified operation which enhances the reputation of aquaculture and recognises those within SSC and their feed suppliers who are contributing to a safe and nutritious product for our growing global population.”

BAP is administered by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and is compliant with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) and Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). 

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