Atlantic Capes Fisheries awarded GSA Certification for Wild Seafood

December 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Aquaculture News,News-Global

The Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) is proud to announce that Atlantic Capes Fisheries Inc.’s processing plant in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, is the world’s first primary processing plant to be certified to GSA’s Seafood Processing Standard.

Atlantic Capes Fisheries is a leading scallop and surf clam producer, processing more than 20 percent of U.S. scallop landings. The vertically integrated company owns more than 25 harvesting vessels and four processing plants in Massachusetts and New Jersey. The certification includes the new enhanced social accountability and employee health and safety audit. This audit offers a more in-depth review of the social accountability and EHS clauses in the standard. This audit also includes a specifically trained social accountability auditor to accompany the lead auditor.

The Seafood Processing Standard is the only Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarked, third-party seafood-specific processing standard. Owned by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and administered by GSA for wild species, SPS is the world’s most comprehensive third-party certification standard encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety and animal health and welfare.

The Seafood Processing Standard is the cornerstone of a program designed to provide the same assurances expected from farmed seafood as wild seafood through streamlined, third-party verified, credible certifications covering every step of the production process. The other product housed under this program is the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard, which will be released under GSA’s ownership in May 2020. Atlantic Capes Fisheries has already expressed interest in exploring a vessel certification pilot for its fleet.

“At Atlantic Capes Fisheries, sustainability is what we do. Certifying our facility to the Seafood Processing Standard shows our continued dedication to the environment, to our employees and to producing the highest quality products for our customer. We are excited to continue our engagement with Global Seafood Assurances as it develops the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard,” said Jeff Bolton, CEO of Atlantic Capes.

“Global Seafood Assurances appreciates the people who are doing the right thing in the industry and that appreciation take the form of certification. We are excited that Atlantic Capes Fisheries sees the value in our program and is a pioneer of the Seafood Processing Standard for wild seafood production,” said GSA Executive Director Wally Stevens.