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Oceanpick Barramundi Farm First in Sri Lanka to Land BAP

                      Add Sri Lanka to the list of countries with a Best Aquaculture Practices-certified facility. Sri Lanka became the 34th country with a BAP-certified facility in mid-March with the BAP certification of Oceanpick Pvt. Ltd.’s barramundi farm. The barramundi, which is also knows as Asian sea bass, is grown in floating cages about 12 miles off the coast of Trincomalee in northeastern Sri Lanka. Founded in 2012, Oceanpick is the only offshore aquaculture operation in Sri Lanka, billing itself as South Asia’s first-ever commercial-scale offshore barramundi farm. Oceanpick is a … READ MORE “Oceanpick Barramundi Farm First in Sri Lanka to Land BAP”

BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program’s “Spotlight Series” highlights BAP-certified producers around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features DATAJ Aquafarm Inc., a shrimp farm in the Philippines. Questions answered by Marian Cristi Tamayo, President of DATAJ. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? There are several considerations to describe my inspiration to becoming involved in the seafood industry. First is family. It is my grandfather who is a farmer and a fisherman, and that ignited everything. It is through farming and fishing that he fed his family, including my father Danilo … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.”

BAP Lima Auditor Training Course

Santiago, Chile, to Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division is holding its next BAP auditor training course at the Santiago Marriott Hotel in Santiago, Chile, from April 7 to 12, 2019. New auditors, returning auditors and industry observers are encouraged to participate. The course will cover the new seafood processing standards as well as the BAP standards for farms (including finfish and crustaceans, mollusks, and salmon), hatcheries and feed mills. The course will be taught by Greg Brown, BAP program integrity manager; Ken Corpron, BAP program integrity analyst; Guy Ewing, a seafood processing specialist; Jeff Peterson, BAP program integrity … READ MORE “Santiago, Chile, to Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course”

BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Humpty Doo Barramundi, a family-owned barramundi business in Australia. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? The family behind Humpty Doo Barramundi was inspired to join the seafood industry because we are passionate about fish — catching fish, eating fish and now farming fish! While we now spend more time growing fish than catching it, we still enjoy eating our saltwater barramundi. Bob and Dan Richards, the father-son duo actively involved … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi”

China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is proud to announce that Hisealink, a leading global food sourcing and distribution network for restaurants and hotels across China, is incorporating GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program into its sustainable seafood sourcing policy. Hisealink and its purchasing and trading platform, Fresh Food Smart Choice, are pledging to preferentially source seafood from BAP-certified facilities for its network of more than 1,000 restaurants and five-star hotels in 300 cities across China. Hisealink has always been dedicated to providing its customers with high quality, safe food. Food safety is a key component of the BAP program, … READ MORE “China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood”

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

It’s official. The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program closed out 2018 on a high note, finishing up the year with 2,287 BAP-certified facilities worldwide. Of the 2,287 BAP-certified facilities, 1,534 are farms, 370 are processing plants, 45 are re-processing plants, 220 are hatcheries and 118 are feed mills. Additionally, there are 245 farms that were previously BAP-certified but are currently in fallow. The 1,500-plus farms represent more than 1.5 million metric tons of production annually. Demonstrating the industry’s long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture, the BAP program has more than tripled in size in the past four years, growing from … READ MORE “BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018”

How Does BAP Develop a Standard?

BAP is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party certification program for the fastest growing food-production sector, aquaculture. Creating standards that are robust yet able to adapt as best practices in aquaculture is a challenging job. The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) and the BAP technical committees work tirelessly to ensure the aquaculture industry rises to the highest level of food safety, animal welfare, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Stakeholder engagement, consensus and transparency define the BAP standards development process. Ten years ago, GAA created the Standards Oversight Committee (SOC), a 12-member group tasked with overseeing the … READ MORE “How Does BAP Develop a Standard?”