BAP Spotlight Story: Eyre Peninsula Seafoods
The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Eyre Peninsula Seafoods, a mussel producer in Australia that attained BAP certification for its processing plant.
What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry?
A love of the sea and the opportunities that it provided.
Tell us a little about Eyre Peninsula Seafoods.
Eyre Peninsula Seafoods: Andrew Puglisi and Mark Andrews are formidable pioneers in South Australian mussel farming. Having successfully established their respective mussel brands in the region, they saw an opportunity to join forces, combining their passion and knowledge to form a new powerhouse in mussel farming. In 2016, Eyre Peninsula Seafoods was born. Their mission was clear – for every South Australian mussel produced to have the perfect condition, flavor and texture from water to plate. Eyre Peninsula Seafoods has quickly risen to the top – and remained there as a global leader in vertically integrated mussel farming and processing.
How is your company involved in the local community?
We provide local opportunities to start careers in the seafood and aquaculture industries, and we are also very involved in our close county community in Port Lincoln through supporting and sponsoring local community groups.
Why did your company choose to become BAP certified?
We wanted to attain BAP certification to ensure Eyre Peninsula Seafoods provided the very best assurances to our customers, big and small, and that we strive to be better every day and to give them the safest eating experience possible in the aquaculture industry.
Why do you love working in aquaculture?
We love working in this industry because there is something new everyday; no two days are the same. Growing mussels also gives us the ability to provide a sustainable and healthy protein alternative to Australians and our customers from all over the globe.