The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: May 2015

Brakes’ Sustainability Pledge Includes Four-Star BAP Seafood

Brakes Group, the United Kingdom’s largest wholesale food supplier, has committed to source only sustainable seafood, including product from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities, as part of the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge. By taking the pledge, Brakes agreed to a suite of actions that will ensure that all of its general-sale, own-brand seafood is sourced from verifiably sustainable sources, protecting the environment and supporting responsible farmers and fishermen. The actions include sourcing seafood rated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) as a 1, 2 or 3; four-star BAP product is rated as a 3. Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing … READ MORE “Brakes’ Sustainability Pledge Includes Four-Star BAP Seafood”

World’s First Hatchery Enrolls In iBAP Program

China’s Progift is the world’s first hatchery, and the fifth facility overall, to enroll in the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s new iBAP program. Launched in February, the iBAP program — the “i” in “iBAP” represents “improvement”— is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven improvement plan. iBAP incentivizes facilities to make the improvements necessary to apply for BAP certification. Located on Hainan Island, Progift has until May 2016 to complete the program. The Fishin’ Company encouraged and sponsored the hatchery to enroll … READ MORE “World’s First Hatchery Enrolls In iBAP Program”

BAP Program Hits Milestone With 800th Certified Facility

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has reached a milestone, surpassing the 800-facility mark. Currently, more than 800 aquaculture facilities worldwide — processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills — are BAP certified. That’s up from 701 BAP-certified facilities as of Dec. 31, 2014, and 648 BAP-certified facilities as of Dec. 31, 2013. It’s been another year of robust growth for the BAP program. Currently, the annual output from BAP-certified processing plants exceeds 1.6 million metric tons, up from just over 1.4 million metric tons as of Dec. 31, 2014. The number of companies offering … READ MORE “BAP Program Hits Milestone With 800th Certified Facility”

Chilean Outfit Is World’s First Two-Star BAP Mussel Group

Congratulations to St. Andrews S.A., the world’s first group to achieve two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status for mussels, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-May. Two-star BAP status denotes that the processing plants and farms from which a group sources are BAP certified. St. Andrews is also Chile’s first mussel farm and second processing plant to earn BAP certification. St. Andrews’ processing plant in Quemchi, on Chiloé Island, and seven of its mussel farm sites in the same area earned BAP certification on May 7. St. Andrews processes about 50,000 metric tons of mussels annually, or about 25,000 metric … READ MORE “Chilean Outfit Is World’s First Two-Star BAP Mussel Group”

M&J Seafood, Part of the Fresh Direct Group, Commits to BAP as Part of Wider Sustainability Platform

Fresh Direct Group’s M&J Seafood — the UK’s largest seafood supplier — announced that it is to further its commitment to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program by adding 18 new four-star BAP prawn items to its product range. M&J Seafood has a strong history of seeking out responsible choices when sourcing seafood, and this announcement backs up Brakes Group’s recent signing of The Sustainable Fish City pledge. “Sourcing four-star BAP seafood is one of the best choices that UK foodservice operators can make,” said Mike Berthet, Director of Fish and Seafood for M&J. Four-star BAP status denotes that … READ MORE “M&J Seafood, Part of the Fresh Direct Group, Commits to BAP as Part of Wider Sustainability Platform”

India’s Fourth Group Attains Four-Star BAP Status

Congratulations to Apex Frozen Foods Pvt. Ltd., India’s fourth group to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status for shrimp since early April, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early May. Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills from which a group sources are BAP certified. It’s the highest such achievement in the BAP program. Apex Frozen Foods achieved four-star BAP status on confirmation that it sources feed from the recently certified BAP-certified Avanti Feeds Ltd. feed mill. Also BAP certified are the company’s processing plant, IOM Farm Group 1 and IOM Farm Group … READ MORE “India’s Fourth Group Attains Four-Star BAP Status”

Asia’s First Aquaculture Operation Enrolls In iBAP Program

China’s God Bless Tilapia Bao Fang Farm is Asia’s first aquaculture operation, and the third worldwide, to enroll in the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s new iBAP program. Launched in February, the iBAP program — the “i” in “iBAP” represents “improvement”— is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven improvement plan. iBAP incentivizes facilities to make the improvements necessary to apply for BAP certification. Pictured on the far right is Mr. Shen, owner of God Bless Tilapia. God Bless Tilapia — which enrolled … READ MORE “Asia’s First Aquaculture Operation Enrolls In iBAP Program”