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BAP’s COVID-19 Blog: GAA Creates COVID-19 Guidance Document for Seafood Supply Chain

Editor’s note: The Best Aquaculture practices (BAP) third-party certification program is keeping its stakeholders up to date on announcements related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in this blog. Please check back here regularly for information. September 11, 2020: GAA Creates COVID-19 Guidance Document for Seafood Supply Chain Our team has created a guidance document for facilities across the seafood supply chain in the age of COVID-19. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Corporate Responsibility Manager, Avery Siciliano.  Join the conversation about this on Connect to engage with other facilities. The COVID-19 guidance poster below can be … READ MORE “BAP’s COVID-19 Blog: GAA Creates COVID-19 Guidance Document for Seafood Supply Chain”



Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is Norway’s First Salmon Farm to Earn BAP Certification

Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett, known in the United States as Kvarøy Arctic, is Norway’s first salmon farm to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early September.   Based on Norway’s Kvarøy Island in the Arctic Circle, Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is a third-generation family business founded in 1976. Two of the company’s salmon farm sites, Movikodden and Selsøyvær, have attained BAP certification, making them the first aquaculture farms of any kind in Norway to earn the designation. Kvarøy Arctic salmon products (whole fish, fillets, portions, frozen fish, skin packs, retail frozen packs, burgers and hot dogs) are currently available at regional distributors throughout … READ MORE “Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is Norway’s First Salmon Farm to Earn BAP Certification”



BAP Spotlight: Fuqing Yihua Aquatic Food Co. Ltd.

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified producers around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Fuqing Yihua Aquatic Food Co. Ltd., a Chinese shrimp producer. BAP: What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? Fuqing Yihua: Fuqing City is a unique geographical location with high-quality port resources. In the early 1990s, Fuqing City opened a global layout, and the company was also expanding its factories under this boom. BAP: When was your company established and how many employees are there? Fuqing Yihua: Fuqing Yihua Aquatic Food Co. … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight: Fuqing Yihua Aquatic Food Co. Ltd.”



How do BAP Standards Address Animal Health and Welfare?

Animal health and welfare is one of the core pillars of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program and is critical to delivering responsibly farmed seafood. There are a variety of factors that are considered when ensuring proper care is taken of the animals throughout the aquaculture production chain. These factors include stocking density, disease control, water quality, transportation methods and slaughter methods. The BAP standards address these issues and standards, and 100% compliance is required by producers in order to receive a certificate. The BAP standards are continuously revised as new information is developed and validated. Here are … READ MORE “How do BAP Standards Address Animal Health and Welfare?”



Benlai Latest Chinese E-Commerce Company to Commit to BAP

Benlai Group has pledged to source seafood from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the China-based e-commerce company signed with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) on July 22. Benlai is a leader in providing high quality, traceable food in China, and its online platform is currently used by BAP producers such as CP Group, Guolian Group, Deyan Aquatic Products, Honghu Fishery, Xiangtai Group and more. Benlai has committed to working more closely with GAA to jointly promote the BAP program and provide its customers with more BAP-certified products. Benlai also plans to … READ MORE “Benlai Latest Chinese E-Commerce Company to Commit to BAP”



Public Comment Sought on New BAP Farm Standard

Issue 3.0 of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Farm Standard is now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on July 27. The 60-day public comment period expires on Sept. 26. The renamed BAP Farm Standard replaces Issue 2.4 of the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standard, released on May 23, 2017. The new standard now covers all eligible fed aquaculture species, but BAP will continue to maintain a separate farm standard for salmonids raised in marine net pens. Unfed mollusk species such as mussels and oysters will continue to be covered under the BAP Mollusk Standard.   The new … READ MORE “Public Comment Sought on New BAP Farm Standard”



BAP Spotlight Story: Seafarms

BAP: Tell us a little bit about Seafarms. Seafarms: Seafarms has been investing in the Australian prawn-farming industry for many years and has developed a reputation for producing superior tasting Australian black tiger prawns and banana prawns, sold under the Crystal Bay® Prawns brand.  Established more than 30 years ago to become one of the most respected and long-standing aquaculture operations, the Seafarms name pays homage to the work of its founder and industry pioneer Ervin Vidor AM. Our facilities are based in Innisfail, Cardwell and Ingham in north Queensland and the business employs more than 100 people.   Achieving Best … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: Seafarms”