Island-based mussel farming company awarded new international certification

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Fisheries Minister Gail Shea congratulates Terry Ennis, president and CEO of Atlantic Aqua Farms, on being the first mussel farming company in the world to receive the Best Aquaculture Practices Certification. Submitted photo.

A P.E.I. based mussel farming company has become the first in the world to receive a new international certification.

Atlantic Aqua Farms, based in Orwell Cove, P.E.I., was recently awarded the Best Aquaculture Practices Certification.

“We continue to be proactive to the market needs of our customers by continually raising the bar for safe quality food and farming eco-certifications,” said Terry Ennis, president and CEO of Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership.

“The entire Team at Atlantic Aqua Farms strives to produce the best quality mussels in the market, every day.”

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is an international certification program based on science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain.

It provides assurance foods are produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea recently met in Ottawa with representatives of the mussel farming company.

She says this certification will give the company an advantage when trade opens up between Canada and Europe.

“With our trade agreement with the European Union that will give our Canadian companies a competitive access to a market of 500million people, I’m pleased to see Atlantic Aqua Farms being recognized for their high standards,” Shea said.

“By opening new markets, the agreement will benefit workers in the fish and seafood sector from coast to coast to coast.”

Atlantic Aqua Farms mussel farms and production facility are also certified organic against the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard and under the Global Food Safety Initiative certification program.

Organizations: Atlantic Aqua Farms Partnership, Best Aquaculture Practices Certification, European Union Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard

Geographic location: Orwell Cove, Ottawa, Canada Europe

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  • WTF
    December 22, 2013 - 20:39

    There are farmers still using quick lime to kill tunicates .This also kills everything else in the food chain .Maybe this company follows the letter of the law but suffice it to say we need more eyes on this industry .