RAS Seriola Farm Applies For BAP Certification

Kingfish Zeeland in the Netherlands has applied for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. If certified, Kingfish Zeeland would be the first seriola farm to attain BAP certification.

The company raises yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), which is also known as hiramasa or Pacific yellowtail, in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in the Province of Zeeland, using water from the Oosterschelde marine estuary, a Natura 2000 nature reserve. If certified, Kingfish Zeeland would also be the first RAS farm to attain BAP certification.

Based on its currently active R&D and early grow-out facility, Kingfish Zeeland expects to introduce its first batch of fish to the market by October 2017, ahead of a planned December stocking of its new facility, designed in collaboration with Billund and nearing construction completion. The facility has the capacity to grow 600 tons of fish annually.

Yellowtail kingfish is a high-grade fish that can be served as sashimi or grilled or smoked, with similar preparation versatility to salmon or tuna.

“As we strive to back our superior quality claims, we find BAP to be a valuable third party to attest to the sustainability and quality choices made by our company — from running on 100 percent renewable energy to opting for the highest grade trimmings-based organic feed. We are excited to introduce a new standard of pure, sustainable and fresh product to the premium market,” said Ohad Maiman, CEO of Kingfish Zeeland.