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BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm

As part of its producer spotlight initiative, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program released a new video featuring BAP-certified producer Ideal Fish. Launched in 2013, Ideal Fish is uses a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to raise branzino, or European sea bass. The 63,000-square-foot facility is located in Waterbury, Conn., within close proximity to the major metropolitan U.S. East Coast markets. The video shines a light on the state-of-the-art RAS technology as well as Ideal Fish’s traceability initiatives and why they chose to get BAP certified. Says President and CEO Eric Pederson, “We were very interested from the beginning of the development of … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm”



BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood

Since 2009, the United Nations (UN) has observed the World Day of Social Justice annually on the 20th of February. This year, the UN chose to focus on closing the inequalities gap worldwide: “We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality, or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove the barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” From fishers to farmers to processors, inequality impacts the employees that compose the backbone of the global seafood industry. When we increase equality, we increase an individual’s … READ MORE “BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood”



Public Comment Period for BAP Feed Mill Standard Extended

Global Aquaculture Alliance has extended the 60-day public comment period for the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.0. Interested stakeholders now have until Tuesday, Jan. 28, to submit input. To comment, download the BAP Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.0 comment form and submit the form to dan.lee@aquaculturealliance.org and david.yunker@bapcertification.org. The standard and comment form can be found here: https://www.bapcertification.org/Standards. All properly submitted comments will be acknowledged. A technical committee led by professor Ron Hardy of the University of Idaho revamped the standard in response to growing demand for sustainable farmed seafood. The requirements for Hazard Analysis and … READ MORE “Public Comment Period for BAP Feed Mill Standard Extended”

Scottish Salmon Company

BAP Certification Program Grows 15 Percent in 2019

The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program grew more than 15 percent in 2019, ending the year with 2,681 BAP-certified facilities in 39 countries, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-January. Of the 2,681 BAP-certified facilities, 1,833 are farms, 388 are processing plants, 49 are re-processors, 279 are hatcheries and 132 are feed mills. The 2,681 facilities represent 33 seafood species. The 1,533 farms account for more than 2 million metric tons of annual production, the first time that the BAP program has topped 2 million metric tons at the farm level. That’s up an impressive 35.5 percent from … READ MORE “BAP Certification Program Grows 15 Percent in 2019”

Sea Cucumber

First for BAP: Sea Cucumber Producer in China Earns Certification

China’s Dalian Bangchuidao Seafood Co. Ltd., also known as Bangchuidao, is the world’s first Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified sea cucumber producer after successfully certifying its full production chain, including its hatchery, farm and processing plant. Because sea cucumbers rely on the natural productivity of their surrounding environment for feeding, Bangchuidao is authorized to use the BAP four-star logo, indicating that the full production chain is BAP certified. Bangchuidao is one of the first companies to convert traditional sea cucumber wild harvest into farming. By owning and developing the entire production chain, the company has been nationally recognized in China by … READ MORE “First for BAP: Sea Cucumber Producer in China Earns Certification”



Public Input Sought on BAP Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.0

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.0 is now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on Nov. 21. The 60-day public comment period ends on Jan. 20, 2020. A technical committee led by professor Ron Hardy of the University of Idaho revamped the standard in response to growing demand for sustainable farmed seafood. The requirements for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based feed safety and the ethical treatment of employees have been greatly expanded. The standard continues to address the responsible sourcing of feed ingredients, but the requirements for marine inputs and key … READ MORE “Public Input Sought on BAP Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.0”



Beijing-Based Supermarket Chain Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

Pictured from left to right are Liu Bo, Seafood Purchasing Manager, Sofly; Jane Bi, GAA Director of Asia Market Development; and Li Junqiang, General Manager, Fresh Food Division, Sofly. Beijing Shouhang Guoli Trading Co. has committed to sourcing seafood from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities for its Beijing-based supermarket chain, known as Sofly, as part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) on Nov. 14. Sofly agreed to start sourcing BAP seafood and to gradually expand the percentage of BAP seafood that it sources to strengthen its commitment to sustainable seafood. Sofly is a … READ MORE “Beijing-Based Supermarket Chain Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood”