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Impressive Year as Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Nears 1,800

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities jumped 3.3 percent from October to November but fell just shy of 1,800 through the first 10 months of 2017, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-November. It’s been an impressive year of growth for the BAP third-party certification program, with the number BAP-certified facilities hitting 1,794 through the first 10 months of this year, a 15 percent jump from the end of last year. Of the 1,794 BAP-certified facilities, 1,084 are farms, 430 are processing plants, 186 are hatcheries and 94 are feed mills, located in 31 countries and six continents. … READ MORE “Impressive Year as Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Nears 1,800”

Four Stars for Open Blue Cobia

Congratulations to Open Blue Sea Farm Panama S.A., the world’s first company capable of offering four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) cobia. The company became eligible to offer four-star BAP cobia upon confirmation that it purchases feed from two BAP-certified feed mills, Biomar Aquacorporation Products S.A. in Costa Rica and Vitapro S.A. in Peru. The announcement comes less than seven months after Open Blue announced that its processing plant, farm and hatchery had attained BAP certification. The company is the first cobia producer to apply for and earn BAP certification. Four-star is the highest designation in the BAP program, signifying that … READ MORE “Four Stars for Open Blue Cobia”

Dr. Oz and tilapia aquaculture

GAA Responds to Misleading Report on Tilapia Aquaculture

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) submits the following response to the segment titled “Supermarket Seafood: What You Need to Know About the World’s Most Affordable and Widely Available Fish,” which aired on The Dr. Oz Show on Nov. 2. Though GAA appreciates that its industry-leading third-party certification program, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), was cited in the segment, we respectfully disagree with the way the segment portrayed the tilapia-farming and -processing industry. “It is unfortunate that someone as prominent as Dr. Oz is telling Americans to avoid certain kinds of seafood, specifically Chinese tilapia. Statements like this just cause confusion and tend to … READ MORE “GAA Responds to Misleading Report on Tilapia Aquaculture”

GAA, BAP Make Splash at China Seafood & Fisheries Expo

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) held its first ever China Marketplace Forum at the 2017 China Seafood & Fisheries Expo in Qingdao on Nov. 1. The forum, which was attended by more than 100 people, highlighted GAA’s efforts to promote responsible aquaculture in China through its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. GAA CFO/COO Jeff Fort opened the forum by giving an overview of GAA, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He highlighted that the BAP program recently became the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). He also … READ MORE “GAA, BAP Make Splash at China Seafood & Fisheries Expo”

oysters and scallops BAP certification

First for BAP: Oyster, Scallop Processing Plant Lands Certification

Oysters and scallops are the latest species represented in the industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The Rushan Hope Well Foods Co. Ltd. processing plant in China has attained BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early November. It’s the first facility of any kind — processing plant or farm — that handles oysters or scallops to earn BAP certification. The announcement came during the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao on Nov. 2; GAA is exhibiting in stand E1-1101. In a brief ceremony, Liu Haijun, president of Rushan Hope Well Foods, accepted the BAP certificate from … READ MORE “First for BAP: Oyster, Scallop Processing Plant Lands Certification”

shrimp chowder recipe

Seafood Recipe: Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder

This luscious shrimp chowder recipe is brimming with hearty flavors. But unlike most seafood chowders, you won’t find cream or butter in the recipe. Every spoonful of this Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder gets you one slurp closer to eating (and enjoying) the recommended two seafood meals each week. But even better is the simplicity of this chowder and its stellar nutritional profile. Have you ever made fish chowder from scratch? Most recipes call for lots of cream, butter and bacon, which translates into lots of saturated fat, sodium and calories. This lightened-up, more nutrient-rich chowder gets thickened with a … READ MORE “Seafood Recipe: Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder”

oysters and scallops BAP certification

Lima To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division invites new auditor candidates and returning auditors requiring refresher training to attend a BAP auditor training course in Lima, Peru, from Feb. 4 to 10, 2018. The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process. The course will cover all BAP standards: • Seafood Processing Standards: Issue 4, Rev 2, December 2015 • Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standards: Issue 2, Revision 3 November 2016 • Mollusk Farm Standards: Standard Version … READ MORE “Lima To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course”