Associated Seafoods First in UK to be Certified to Best Seafood Practices
Leading Scottish seafood processor Associated Seafoods Ltd. has achieved Best Seafood Practices (BSP) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certifications from the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA). Associated Seafoods sources seafood from both wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture. It is the first seafood producer in the United Kingdom to be certified to GSA’s newest program, BSP, which provides assurances that wild seafood has been harvested and processed in a responsible manner. GSA’s BAP certification provides assurances for farmed seafood.
Associated Seafoods was established in 2010 in the merger of Lossie Seafoods, a specialist in smoked fish, and Moray Seafoods, a leading shellfish producer. Its plant employs more than 300, the majority of whom live in and around the traditional fishing community of Buckie. Much of the processing is undertaken by hand by a highly skilled team of filleters, curers and smokers. Associated Seafoods’ customers include Loblaw and Marks & Spencer.
“Associated Seafoods has demonstrated a real commitment to advancing responsible practices throughout the seafood supply chain,” says Iain Shone, GSA’s Director of Market Development, Europe. “BSP and BAP certification will enable Associated to build trust with retailers and their customers who have the highest demands in seafood.”
BSP is the world’s only third-party certification program capable of linking responsible fisheries to certified vessels and processing plants. Associated Seafoods encourages vessels they source from to engage with GSA’s Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard, which ensures high standards of crew welfare, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to responsibly sourced seafood.
About Global Seafood Alliance
The Global Seafood Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification programs, GSA has become the leading provider of assurances for seafood globally. The organization’s work addresses the full spectrum of responsibility, from environmental responsibility and social accountability to food safety. Established in 1997 as the Global Aquaculture Alliance, GSA is headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA. To learn more, visit www.globalseafood.org.
About Associated Seafoods
Associated Seafoods (ASL) is the parent organization of two specialist seafood companies: Lossie Seafoods and Moray Seafoods. ASL specializes in Scottish smoked salmon, scampi from Scottish langoustines, farmed halibut and long line tuna. To learn more, visit www.associatedseafoods.com.