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Pacific Seafood is the First Company in the World to Offer Four-Star BAP Oysters
Four-star designation signifies highest standard of oysters available
Portsmouth, NH, Jan. 16 – Pacific Seafood, one of North America’s largest seafood companies, is the world’s first and only company to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters. Four-star is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. For “fed” species, it signifies that a product originated from a BAP-certified processing plant, was sourced from a BAP-certified farm, has utilized seed and feed from BAP-certified hatcheries and feed mills.
Oysters feed naturally on phytoplankton in the seawater, and therefore do not require feed from a feed mill, but because BAP’s mollusk farm standards contain many specifications for responsible stocking rates and monitoring of natural feeding processes, BAP has determined that Pacific Seafood can offer four-star BAP oysters as opposed to just three-star BAP oysters.
“At Pacific Seafood we are dedicated to providing the healthiest protein on the planet, which is why having third-party validation by BAP of our entire supply chain for oysters is critical,” said Chris Jones, hatchery operations manager for Pacific Seafood. “We are proud to begin offering our customers oysters that meet the highest standards of respect, throughout the entire supply chain, for the environment, workers and the community as well as animal welfare and food safety.”
Pacific Seafood’s BAP-certified oyster processing plant and farm are located in South Bend, Wash., while the BAP-certified oyster hatchery is located in Quilcene, Wash. This is the first step toward the company’s goal that all Pacific Seafood oysters achieve four-star status. This year the company will focus on certifying additional facilities and adding new four-star oyster products to the market. Pacific Seafood also operates a BAP-certified steelhead farm in Nespelem, Wash.
Formulated feeds are not used with mollusks, which feed only on phytoplankton and other such naturally occurring organisms in the water. The BAP mollusk farm standards require farms to manage stocking rates to avoid exceeding the environment’s production carrying capacity. It also requires farms to conduct monitoring of neighboring benthic communities to ensure that the consumption of naturally occurring organisms by the mollusks is not causing negative sediment impacts. Farms must also carefully monitor the surrounding environment to ensure it remains free of potential contaminants that may cause human food-safety risks.
These factors all contribute toward ensuring that responsible feeding practices are being adhered to at BAP-certified mollusk farms. Thus the “feed-related” star will be awarded to all BAP-certified mollusk farms associated with a processing plant, farm and hatchery, allowing them to achieve BAP four-star status. In the case of mollusk farms, such as mussel farms, where hatcheries are currently uncommon, up to three stars can be achieved, the first two from the processing plant and farm, and the third by awarding of the “feed-related” star for responsible feeding practices.
It’s been an impressive year of growth for the BAP program, with the number BAP-certified facilities hitting 1,864 through the first 11 months of 2017, up nearly 20 percent from the end of 2016.
The total includes 37 mollusk farms producing more than 56,000 metric tons of product per year. The release of the BAP mollusk farm standards in May 2016 opened the door for oyster facilities to pursue
BAP certification, as the standards, which replaced the BAP mussel farm standards, encompass all major farmed mollusk species, including mussels, scallops, clams, abalone, and oysters.
On August 5, we celebrated National Oyster Day in a big way. We were featured on Good Morning America!
Check out the segment here.
- 4 cups heavy cream (or half and half)
- 1 pint Hilton’s Oysters and liquor, separated
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- ½ cup finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 ½ teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves, chervil, or chives
- Salt and pepper
To remove grit, strain the oyster liquor through a fine-meshed sieve or cheese cloth.
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, bring the heavy cream and oyster liquor from the oysters to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, in a large saute pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the celery and a pinch of the salt and sweat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and continue cooking until translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery seed, hot pepper sauce, and oysters and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the edges of the oysters start to curl.
Transfer the oysters to the carafe of a blender and add enough of the cream just to cover. Puree until the mixture is smooth. Return the remaining cream to medium heat, add the pureed mixture, and cook until heated through. Just before serving, add the lemon juice, chopped herbs, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- 4 cups bread crumbs
- ½ cup melted butter
- ¾ cup finely diced celery
- ¾ cup finely diced onion
- 1 egg well-beaten
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 8-ounce container Hilton’s Willapoint Oysters
Sauté celery and onion lightly in butter. Cut each oyster into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix all ingredients thoroughly, stuff fowl, and roast.
- 1 8-ounce or 16-ounce container Hilton’s Willapoint Oysters
- 1 cup corn meal
- 2 eggs, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or cooking fat
Drain oysters. Dip prepared oysters in egg, then in corm meal, coating thoroughly. Set aside to dry. Heat oil or fat in frying pan to 370 degrees Fahrenheit (or until quite hot). Fry oysters until golden brown on one side, then turn carefully to brown the other (about 4 minutes on each side) Serve immediately. Serves 3-5.