The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: May 2016

BMR Seafood Group Sets Sights On Four-Star BAP

BMR Seafood Group has applied its brand new feed mill for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. If the feed mill attains BAP certification, BMR Seafood would be eligible to offer four-star BAP shrimp, meaning that the company’s processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill are all BAP certified, the program’s highest designation. The feed mill is located on the same property as the company’s BAP-certified processing plant in Nellore, India. The feed mill is expected to produce 75,000 metric tons of feed in 2016. BMR Seafood’s proprietary high-protein animal feed is formulated to provide the maximum results for high stocking … READ MORE “BMR Seafood Group Sets Sights On Four-Star BAP”

SouthFresh Aquaculture Approaching Three-Star BAP Catfish

U.S.-based SouthFresh Aquaculture is one step closer to being eligible to offer three-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) catfish. SouthFresh Feeds enrolled its feed mill in the iBAP program earlier this year, a precursor to the BAP certification program. The iBAP program is a deadline-driven plan providing technical support for facilities committed to full BAP certification. SouthFresh Aquaculture’s processing plant in Eutaw, Alabama, has been BAP certified since October 2009, and one of its farms was BAP certified in January 2016. With the BAP certification of its feed mill, SouthFresh Aquaculture would earn three-star BAP status, meaning that its processing plant, farm … READ MORE “SouthFresh Aquaculture Approaching Three-Star BAP Catfish”

Four Stars For Good Luck Products Co. Ltd.

Good Luck Products Co. Ltd. is the latest group to land four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status for shrimp, with the BAP certification of its feed mill in Thailand. Located in Samut Sakhon province, S. Pat & Peach Feedmill Co. Ltd. just attained BAP certification, a little more than a month after Good Luck’s Somrak shrimp hatchery attained BAP certification. Also BAP certified are Good Luck’s processing plant and four-farm IOM (integrated operating module) and a five-farm IOM, all in Thailand. Additionally, a nine-farm IOM is set to be audited this month, and a 12-farm group is preparing to enroll in the … READ MORE “Four Stars For Good Luck Products Co. Ltd.”

BAP Mollusk Farm Standards Released

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the leading standards-setting organization for farmed seafood, has expanded the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program with the completion of the new BAP mollusk farm standards. The standards encompass all major farmed mollusk species, including mussels, scallops, oysters, clams and abalone, and replace the existing BAP mussel farm standards. The BAP program, the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, now encompasses virtually all aquaculture production systems for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks. The BAP Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) unanimously approved the standards for release to the market in late April, followed by approval from … READ MORE “BAP Mollusk Farm Standards Released”

BAP Representative Teams Up With China’s Zhanjiang Guolian

Five tilapia farmers in China that supply product to Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary, Guangdong Gourmet Aquatic Products Co. Ltd., are expected to apply for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification following a visit by Panchu Duraisamy, BAP’s country representative in India. While in China, Duraisamy worked with the farm director and quality assurance team on properly assessing and preparing farms for BAP certification. He also discussed the benefits of BAP, the world’s most comprehensive third-party certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability. In addition to farms, … READ MORE “BAP Representative Teams Up With China’s Zhanjiang Guolian”

BAP Auditor Training Course Set for Bangkok in June

The Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) next auditor training course, scheduled for Bangkok, Thailand, from June 19 to 25, is filling up fast. Space is limited. New auditor candidates, returning auditors requiring refresher training as well as industry observers — such as government officials, producers and others who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process — are encouraged to apply for the course soon before it fills up. The registration deadline is June 3. The course will cover the BAP seafood processing plant standards (Issue 4, Revision 2, December 2015); BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards (includes land-based aquaculture systems such as … READ MORE “BAP Auditor Training Course Set for Bangkok in June”

Four-Star BAP Tilapia From China Hits The Market

Four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia from China will soon be available to U.S. consumers, with the first shipment of four-star BAP tilapia from China just hitting U.S. shores. (Editor’s note: The original version of this press release failed to specify China in the opening paragraph. Four-star BAP tilapia from Paraiso Springs Aquaculture Guatemala is already available in the U.S. market. Our sincerest apologies to Paraiso Springs.) Imported by U.S.-based The Fishin’ Company, the product will be delivered to a number of retail outlets across the country. Companies are capable of offering four-star BAP product if the product originates from BAP-certified processing plants, … READ MORE “Four-Star BAP Tilapia From China Hits The Market”