NZ King Salmon deemed sustainable

NZ King Salmon deemed sustainable
CATHIE BELL
Marlborough Express
Last updated 09:49 26/03/2013

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New Zealand King Salmon has been named a sustainable salmon producer by achieving the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s best aquaculture practices (BAP) certification.

The company said the certification covers all NZ King Salmon’s operations – five fish farms and three production units in Marlborough and Nelson. It said the company’s new Marlborough Sounds farms would be audited as they came on stream.

King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said attaining an internationally accepted aquaculture sustainability certification confirmed King Salmon’s world-class environmental standards.

Certification examines farm compliance issues such as community property rights and relations, worker relations, the environment, fish management and welfare, wildlife interactions and supply storage and disposal.

On the production side, it addresses management practices such as quality and staff, environment and food safety and verification and traceability.

Mr Rosewarne says the certification confirmed the company was doing what it said it had been doing.

“Given the high standards we set ourselves, compliance was achievable without a great deal of change to our current processes and procedures,” he said. “Corrective actions following audit were limited and indicative of a sound operation with only minor tweaks required.

“We’re very pleased with this certification. We can carry the certification mark on our packaging and that gives consumers comfort knowing we are managing our activities in an environmentally sensitive and acceptable way.”

The company had done considerable preliminary work on researching which was the best global standard, Mr Rosewarne said.

“We came to the conclusion the certification was one of the best suited to the New Zealand situation, which differs from most other territories in terms of isolation from disease and the king salmon species we farm.”

The company’s operations were audited by an experienced Australian-based certifier who was contracted to the Global Aquaculture Alliance, and audits would be carried out annually, Mr Rosewarne said.

“This is obviously important in all markets but especially so offshore – the United States is an example – where some customers will take product from a certified producer in preference to others.”

Traceability was a very big part of the certification, he said.

“It interconnects links in the aquaculture seafood production chain, assuring purchasers that all steps in the process were taken in compliance with environmental, social and food safety standards.”

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