The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: March 2015

First Honduras Tilapia Plant Earns BAP Certification

November, 2012 The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program welcomes Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish SA as its first certified tilapia processing plant in Honduras. Aquafinca Saint Peter Fish SA — which is located at San Francisco de Yojoa, Cortes, Honduras — is owned by the Regal Springs Tilapia Group. This is also the first Regal Springs’ facility to receive BAP certification. The Honduras operation includes a hatchery, growout farms, a processing plant and a fishmeal and biodiesel plant. Built in 2003, the processing plant has an annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons whole weight equivalent. All fish are transported live from … READ MORE “First Honduras Tilapia Plant Earns BAP Certification”

First Middle East Aquaculture Operation Earns BAP Certification

January, 2015 National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) is the Middle East’s first company to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-January. It’s also one of only 15 companies worldwide to attain four-star BAP status, denoting that its processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills are all BAP certified. NAQUA is based in Al Laith, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company’s processing plant, shrimp farm, barramundi farm, shrimp hatchery and shrimp and barramundi feed mill all earned BAP certification. NAQUA is now qualified to offer four-star BAP shrimp and three-star BAP barramundi. It’s the world’s first … READ MORE “First Middle East Aquaculture Operation Earns BAP Certification”

Fourth Vietnamese Company Achieves Four-Star BAP Status

August, 2014 Thuan Phuoc Seafood & Trading Group is the fourth Vietnamese company and the eighth overall to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status, denoting that the company’s shrimp processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills are BAP certified, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late August. C.P. Vietnam Corp.’s Bau Xeo feed mill, from which Thuan Phuoc sources its feed, earned BAP certification in early August. The company’s Thuan Phuoc Seafood and Trading Corp. processing plant, Truong Son Joint Stock Company farm and Minh Phu Aquatic Larvae Company Ltd. hatchery had already attained BAP certification. The addition of … READ MORE “Fourth Vietnamese Company Achieves Four-Star BAP Status”

Belize Aquaculture Approved to Offer Three-Star Shrimp

August, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) in early August applauded Belize Aquaculture Ltd. for becoming the first shrimp company in Belize and the second in Central America approved to offer three-star shrimp. Belize Aquaculture’s shrimp hatchery, farm and processing plant located in Stann Creek District, in southeastern Belize, all earned BAP certification on July 26. Founded in 1996, Belize Aquaculture produced 4.5 million pounds of Pacific white shrimp in 2012 and is on target to produce 10 millions pounds in 2014 across 68 four-acre ponds. The company also operates a British Retail Consortium (BRC)- and Hazard Analysis and Critical … READ MORE “Belize Aquaculture Approved to Offer Three-Star Shrimp”

Northern Harvest Is First Salmon Company To Obtain Four-Star BAP Status

December, 2014 Canada’s Northern Harvest Sea Farms Group is the world’s first salmon company to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status, denoting the company’s salmon processing plants, farm sites, hatcheries and feed mills are all BAP certified, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in December. A four-star certification was achieved when Northern Harvest Smolt Limited in Stephenville, Newfoundland, earned BAP certification. It’s the first salmon hatchery to earn BAP certification since new BAP hatchery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks were completed in September. (Previously, BAP hatchery standards existed only for shrimp.) “Congratulations to the management of Northern Harvest on … READ MORE “Northern Harvest Is First Salmon Company To Obtain Four-Star BAP Status”

Another Australian Salmon Farm Nets BAP Certification

September, 2014 Petuna Aquaculture Pty. Ltd.’s Atlantic salmon farm site in Strahan, Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, has earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late September. Called Table Head, the site, located on Tasmania’s west coast, attained certification on Aug. 29. Van Diemen Aquaculture Pty. Ltd., a privately owned company in which Petuna owns a share, earned BAP certification for its Atlantic salmon farm site in northern Tasmania in April. “Petuna has always been very strong on environmental and social responsibility. It’s the cornerstone of our founders, Peter’s and Una’s, beliefs,” said Petuna CEO Mark Porter. … READ MORE “Another Australian Salmon Farm Nets BAP Certification”

Europe’s First Salmon Farms Earn BAP Certification

February, 2014 Fjardalax ehf’s salmon farm sites in Iceland are Europe’s first salmon farms to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late February. The two farms, Patreksfjörðu and Tálknafjörður, are situated in the West Fjords of Iceland, in three adjacent fjords, Tálknafjörður, Patreksfjörður and Arnarfjörður. The farms have been in operation since 2010, and the fish are processed at the company’s plant in Patreksfjörður. Fjardalax is expected to produce approximately 4,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon this year. The majority of its salmon is exported as H&G fish to buyers in Europe, the United … READ MORE “Europe’s First Salmon Farms Earn BAP Certification”