|SKIPPER’S BLOG: Flexing Its Mussels
Talk about your mussel-bound
It looks like Newfoundland
mussel farmers and processors are about to reap some serious benefits as a
result of having been certified by Global Trust Certification / SAI Global as
having met the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard.
That’s huge news, because it
means Newfoundland and Labrador producers are the first to achieve this
prestigious, and environmentally tough certification. Primary processing
facilities Norlantic Processors Ltd. in Pleasantview processing Black Gold mussels,
Allen’s Fisheries Ltd. in Benoit’s Cove processing Iceberg Select mussels,
and Ocean Fresh Mussel Growers Ltd. in Herring Neck processing Big Blues mussels
were certified to the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard this week after an
extensive audit process.
According to information
released by the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA). “producers
and processors had to meet the rigid requirements of the standard, a process to
be repeated annually through on-site inspections by an accredited, independent
third party auditor.”
We are committed to the
highest quality standards in the aquaculture industry” said Juan Roberts,
President of Badger Bay Mussel Farms Ltd. “Meeting this organic benchmark
provides assurance to clients and consumers that Newfoundland Organic Mussels
have been produced and processed in a sustainable, environmentally sound
“The mussel farming sector
in Newfoundland and Labrador has had a long history of farming practices and
management attitudes which respect the environment,” says Cyr Couturier,
Executive Director of NAIA.
“The Canadian Organic
Aquaculture Standard was seen as a natural fit for the Newfoundland mussel
sector to objectively demonstrate that their farming methods maintain the
productivity and biodiversity of the marine environment surrounding the mussel
leases” said Couturier. “Our farming practices are the most environmentally
sustainable amongst Canadian producers” he added, “and the certification around
this premium product is a testament to this effect”.
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