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Salmon leaping at one of SSC's 45 marine sites, all of which are now BAP certified. Image: SSC
Salmon leaping at one of SSC's 45 marine sites, all of which are now BAP certified. Image: SSC

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the first salmon producer in Scotland to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) certification for all of its marine sites.

BAP, which claims to be the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme, 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). 

One of the aquaculture industry’s highest standards, BAP operates according to its four ‘Pillars of Responsible Aquaculture’; food safety, social welfare, environmental and animal health.

SSC said these pillars mirror its commitment to producing the highest quality Scottish salmon in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

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Craig Anderson: "Recognition of our exacting standards".

BAP is the only certification to cover the entire aquaculture production chain, from hatcheries to farms to processing plants. SSC’s BAP certification has been awarded to all 45 of its marine sites on the first stage of the company’s journey to achieve full BAP accreditation across all its operations.

SSC chief executive Craig Anderson said the certification was “a true recognition of our exacting standards, as well as our passion and commitment to producing premium quality Scottish salmon in a sustainable and responsible way.”

He added: “Our focus is on developing a platform for sustainable business growth. With our BAP certification we are able to further leverage the provenance and quality of our products to drive our international export strategy, particularly to key targets markets in North America and the Far East.”