The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: January 2016

WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018

As part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, WinCo Foods has committed to sourcing three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late January. The U.S. supermarket company has committed to sourcing 100% three-star BAP product by the end of 2016 and 100% four-star BAP product by the end of 2017, meaning that 100% of its farmed seafood would originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. “We at WinCo Foods are committed to the goal of providing the highest quality … READ MORE “WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018”

MoU To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Tilapia

In an effort to grow the availability of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Fishin’ Company in which the U.S.-based supplier will encourage all of its tilapia processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills to enroll in the iBAP program and, ultimately, attain BAP certification. The Fishin’ Company committed to providing the education and support necessary to enroll six processing plants, 60 farms, four hatcheries and five feed mills in Hainan and mainland China in the iBAP program. The supplier also pledged to provide commercial support, through … READ MORE “MoU To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Tilapia”

Special Auditor Training Course Scheduled for Puerto Montt

Due to enthusiastic support for group and multi-site zone cluster, or “barrio,” certifications, the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division is offering a special auditor training course for its group and barrio certification programs. The course will be held at Hotel Manquehue in Puerto Montt, Chile, from March 30 to 31. This course will be offered to a select group of auditors who are qualified to perform group and barrio audits. In addition to auditors, the course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders, who wish to learn more about the … READ MORE “Special Auditor Training Course Scheduled for Puerto Montt”

Vietnamese Shrimp Farms First To Earn BAP Group Certification

Stapimex is the world’s first shrimp operation, and the second across all species, to successfully complete the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) group farm program, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-January. Stapimex (Soc Trang Seafood Joint Stock Company), one of Vietnam’s largest shrimp producers, earned BAP certification for six of its shrimp farm sites located in Vietnam’s Soc Trang province. The BAP certification was sponsored by U.S.-based National Fish & Seafood. “We are extremely pleased that the first shrimp farm group has achieved international recognition through BAP certification,” said Jeff Sedacca, president of National Fish & Seafood’s shrimp division. … READ MORE “Vietnamese Shrimp Farms First To Earn BAP Group Certification”