The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: February 2016

ShopRite Commits To Four-Star BAP

As part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, ShopRite has committed to sourcing four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, beginning with shrimp, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late February. The U.S. East Coast supermarket company has pledged to source 100% four-star BAP shrimp, meaning that 100% of its farmed shrimp would originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. News of the commitment came as ShopRite launched a new line of frozen raw and cooked shrimp under its premium ShopRite private-label brand. The shrimp is BAP four … READ MORE “ShopRite Commits To Four-Star BAP”

BAP’s Moya Presents At Aqua India 2016

Marcos Moya, Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) market development manager-supply chain, presented at the Society of Aquaculture Professionals’ Aqua India 2016 conference in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, from January 29 to 30. India is a fast growing market for the BAP third-party certification program. There are more than 150 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in India, where approximately 10 facilities per month are attaining BAP certification. Moya gave the final talk in a series of talks on responsible, sustainable aquaculture. He emphasized that third-party certification is becoming a key market requirement, pointing out that BAP is the world’s … READ MORE “BAP’s Moya Presents At Aqua India 2016”

Tropical-Sponsored Operation Is Brazil’s First To Enroll In iBAP

GeneSeas Aquacultura Ltda. is Brazil’s first operation to enroll in the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s iBAP program, and the latest operation that Tropical Aquaculture Products Inc. has sponsored to enroll in the iBAP program or apply for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. U.S.-based Tropical Aquaculture has sponsored a total of 11 tilapia processing plants and farms in four countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia) to enroll in the iBAP program or apply for BAP certification. A long-time supporter of the BAP program, Tropical Aquaculture actively pushes the tilapia processing plants and farms that it contracts exclusively with to pursue BAP certification, … READ MORE “Tropical-Sponsored Operation Is Brazil’s First To Enroll In iBAP”

Chamberlain Delivers Aqua India 2016 Keynote Address

Global Aquaculture Alliance President Dr. George Chamberlain delivered the keynote address at the Society of Aquaculture Professionals’ (SAP) Aqua India 2016 conference in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, on January 29. After his presentation, Chamberlain (picture at right) was offered a lifetime membership to SAP. Also in attendance at Aqua India 2016 were Marcos Moya, market development manager for GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, and Panchu Duraisamy, BAP country coordinator in India. There are more than 150 BAP-certified facilities in India, where the number of BAP-certified facilities is growing at a faster rate than any other country. Chamberlain’s keynote address at the two-day … READ MORE “Chamberlain Delivers Aqua India 2016 Keynote Address”

MoU With Rubicon To Accelerate Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp

Approximately 285 shrimp farms in India and Thailand will be encouraged to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and Rubicon Resources in early February. The MoU is intended to accelerate and grow the availability of four-star BAP shrimp. Four star denotes that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. With guidance, training and support from GAA and Rubicon, 100 Indian farms and 185 Thai farms will enroll in GAA’s iBAP improvement program to make the enhancements necessary to apply for … READ MORE “MoU With Rubicon To Accelerate Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp”

Canada Recognizes Role Of Third-Party Certification Schemes

The Global Aquaculture Alliance commends the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for enacting a policy fortifying the value of voluntary third-party certification schemes like the Best Aquaculture Practices. The policy enables CFIA to use the outcome of a third-party audit on an aquaculture facility or other food facility to guide its risk-based inspection activities, recognizing voluntary third-party certification schemes as a resource in ensuring public safety. BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability. The scheme incorporates the entire aquaculture production chain, from processing plants … READ MORE “Canada Recognizes Role Of Third-Party Certification Schemes”

MoU With National Fish To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp

In an effort to grow the availability of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Fish & Seafood and Minh Phu Seafood Corporation in which approximately 800 shrimp farms in Vietnam will be encouraged to attain BAP certification. National Fish & Seafood committed to provide the education, support and funding necessary for the farms, which are operated by Minh Phu, to enroll in GAA’s iBAP improvement program and make the improvements necessary to apply for BAP certification as groups or as an integrated operating module (IOM). Upon enrolling … READ MORE “MoU With National Fish To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp”