CHILEAN SALMON FARMER GAINS BAP CERTIFICATION
Chilean salmon farmer gains BAP certification. Chilean salmon farmer Nova Austral gained the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), with four stars, for five farming centres located in the Magallanes Region, at the southern tip of Chile: Aracena 1, Aracena 3, Aracena 4, Aracena 5 and Aracena 13, which joined the Aracena 19 certified centre in July 2020.
Furthermore, the processing plant located in Porvenir and its hatchery in Tierra del Fuego also succeeded in obtaining this prestigious international accreditation, which guarantees that Nova Austral’s salmon production is performed in an environmentally and socially responsible way and that the product obtained is safe for human consumption.
Nova Austral said these certifications were achieved due to hard work carried out by Nova Austral’s new management team to assure that the company’s facilities are operating with the highest standards in terms of sustainability, which was verified by BAP through an audit conducted by the independent entity SAI Global. In this audit process, compliance with BAP standards regarding environmental responsibility, social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety, and traceability are thoroughly reviewed.
“These new certifications are another step in our process to continue rebuilding and positioning Nova Austral in terms of sustainability, environmental responsibility, and good practices. We want to continue to achieve milestones in the future, so we are working hard towards the goal of having 100 % of our operations certified with BAP this year, as well as with the ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certification which we obtained recently, “said Nicolás Larco, CEO of Nova Austral.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification programme based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture production chain – including processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. BAP standards cover environmental responsibility, social accountability, food safety and animal welfare. The BAP programme is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by GAA.
Nova Austral is a salmon farmer and processor, which has operated in Chile for more than 15 years. Owned by the equity funds Altor Fund III and Bain Capital, the entire operations are in the Magallanes and Antarctic regions, over 2,500 km from Santiago, the country’s capital city. Nova Austral directly employs about 900 persons who directly and indirectly support 2,000 families in Magallanes. It is the largest employer in the town of Porvenir.