The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has become the first salmon producer in Europe to be recognised with a 4-star ‘Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) certification.

The prestigious certification is a reflection of SSC’s commitment to Scottish provenance and sustainability, using the very best practices at each stage of the supply chain to consistently deliver the highest quality salmon.

With operations based across the West Coast of Scotland, SSC says it takes great pride in producing the finest sea loch fresh salmon. Dedicated to industry leading standards, all of its salmon is fully traceable from farm to shelf with the BAP certification providing further recognition of the producer’s robust supply chain integrity.

The Company already held two stars for its processing sites at Marybank and Cairndow, and its marine sites throughout the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides. Last year, SSC was awarded a third star for sourcing its feed from BAP certified suppliers. SSC has been awarded the fourth and final star for its freshwater operations. Four stars is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification programme.

Su Cox, Director of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Scottish provenance is sought after the world over – consumers want to know where their food has come from and that it is produced sustainably. To be awarded a 4-star BAP certification is testament to the care and commitment that goes in to responsibly farming our Scottish salmon at every stage of the supply chain.

“The BAP seal of approval means our customers can buy our Scottish Salmon with the confidence and reassurance that it is of the highest quality and integrity.”

Mike Berthet, BAP’S Market Development Manager for Europe, said: “The Scottish Salmon Company has proven its determination to have a fully BAP-certified operation by reaching four-star status.

“This certification recognises that SSC is contributing to a safe and nutritious product that is enjoyed all around the world, while enhancing the reputation of aquaculture as a responsible and sustainable industry.”

The world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification programme, 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). 

The Scottish Salmon Company is the leading producer of quality Scottish Salmon with operations exclusively in Scotland, with 60 sites across the West Coast of Scotland and Hebrides.  The company is fully engaged in all stages of the value chain from smolt production through freshwater and marine farming to processing, as well as sales and marketing activity.  We are dedicated to producing the highest quality Scottish Salmon, exporting globally to 26 countries from North America to the Far East. The Scottish Salmon Company supports the development of sport in the local communities where its staff work and live. The company’s total staff number over 650 people. The main office is in Edinburgh.

For more information on The Scottish Salmon Company, visit: www.scottishsalmon.com