First Honduras Tilapia Plant Earns BAP Certification04 December 2012
HONDURAS - The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programme has welcomed Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish SA as its first certified tilapia processing plant in Honduras.
Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish SA - which is located at San Francisco de Yojoa, Cortes, Honduras - is owned by the Regal Springs Tilapia Group. This is also the first Regal Springs’ facility to receive BAP certification.
The Honduras operation includes a hatchery, growout farms, a processing plant and a fishmeal and biodiesel plant.
Built in 2003, the processing plant has an annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons whole weight equivalent. All fish are transported live from the farm to the processing plant. The farms are located near the processing plant (about 45 minutes away). There are two growout farms; both are floating-cage systems.
Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish produces fresh and frozen tilapia fillets, loins, portions and whole fish. It also uses all by-products generated in the processing plant to produce fishmeal, fish oil, biodiesel, skins and scales; 100 percent of the fish is utilised.
“We consider ourselves a socially and environmentally responsible group,” said Orlando Delgado, manager of Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish. “Our BAP certification is one more way of showing what we do for our communities and our environment.”
The US market is the primary destination of the operation’s tilapia.
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