The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: October 2016

First For Australia: BAP-Certified Rainbow Trout Farms

Congratulations to Goulburn River Trout, the first rainbow trout business in Australia and the Eastern Hemisphere to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Both of the company’s farms, Thornton Farm and Walnut Island Farm, which are located in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in northeast Victoria, earned BAP certification on Oct. 25. The rainbow trout are grown out in raceways using water from the Goulburn River, which flows from Lake Eildon, providing a year-round supply of cold, clear water. Family-owned Goulburn River Trout is responsible for its own trout breeding, grow-out, processing and distribution. The company produced just … READ MORE “First For Australia: BAP-Certified Rainbow Trout Farms”

Improved Farming Practices Responsible For Colombia’s Rising Tilapia Exports?

Improved farming practices are at least partially responsible for an 11 percent increase in Colombia’s tilapia exports to the U.S. market this year. Sara Patricia Bonilla, general manager of Federación Colombiana De Acuicultores (FEDEACUA), highlighted the jump in Colombia’s tilapia exports while praising farmers for earning Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification at a FEDEACUA-organized celebration of responsible aquaculture in Bogota, Colombia, on Oct. 11. Marcos Moya, manager of BAP supply development for Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), was among those participating in the event, which involved 48 of the country’s farmers and processors as well as representatives of the Colombian … READ MORE “Improved Farming Practices Responsible For Colombia’s Rising Tilapia Exports?”

Colombia’s Small Farmers Recognized For Achieving BAP Certification

In support of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, Jairo Amezquita, aquaculture consultant of the Americas region for U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), presented BAP certificates to the Colombian farmers selected to receive training and financial support. Amezquita has been a key player in ensuring that Colombia’s farmers receive the training and financial support necessary to apply for the BAP certification to comply with local and international market requirements since USSEC and the Federación Colombiana De Acuicultores (FEDEACUA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) early this year. Amezquita presented a number of tilapia and … READ MORE “Colombia’s Small Farmers Recognized For Achieving BAP Certification”

Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Surpasses 1,400 Worldwide

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide surpassed 1,400 last month, with the addition of 64 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has announced. At the end of September, there were a total of 1,434 BAP-certified facilities worldwide. September’s tally was the BAP program’s second highest of 2016 after June, when a record 74 new facilities earned BAP certification. Of the 64 new facilities that attained BAP certification in September, four are processing plants, 56 are farms and four are hatcheries. Over the first three quarters of … READ MORE “Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Surpasses 1,400 Worldwide”

SONGA Sets Out To Achieve Four-Star BAP Certification

Sociedad Nacional de Galapagos (SONGA), one of Ecuador’s largest and most important shrimp exporters, is en route to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. The initial phase of SONGA’s BAP certification includes a total of five facilities located in Guayaquil. SONGA’s state-of-the-art processing facility, two farms (Lebama Farm, and Naturisa S.A. Farm) and two hatcheries (Criesbio Hatchery and Larviquest Hatchery) are listed in iBAP. After transitioning to BAP certification, SONGA will achieve four-star status, the maximum level of BAP certification. “SONGA exports the largest volume of shrimp from Ecuador directly to China. Maintaining its product identity in the supply … READ MORE “SONGA Sets Out To Achieve Four-Star BAP Certification”

First Salmon Producer Certified Under New Two-Year BAP Group Audit

Cooke Aquaculture is the world’s first salmon producer to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification under the new two-year BAP group audit, which is designed specifically for salmon producers. In total, 19 salmon farm sites in Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland attained BAP certification. This is largest BAP group audit for salmon farms to date. Cooke Aquaculture has embraced the BAP third-party certification program, and today the New Brunswick-based company is qualified to offer four-star BAP salmon, signifying that a product originates from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills, BAP’s highest designation. Cooke Aquaculture — North … READ MORE “First Salmon Producer Certified Under New Two-Year BAP Group Audit”

Fishin’ Company Embracing ‘Train The Trainer’ Program For Hainan Tilapia Farmers

Following the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2016 conference in Guangzhou, China, Marcos Moya, manager of supply development for GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division, led a training session with associates of The Fishin’ Company, a leading tilapia supplier, in Hainan, China. The three-day training session involved a one-day workshop followed by two days of in-the-field application at farms and processing plants expected to apply for BAP certification. Seven key Fishin’ Company associates were trained against the BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards and BAP seafood processing plant standards. In turn, the associates will pass what they learned in the workshop … READ MORE “Fishin’ Company Embracing ‘Train The Trainer’ Program For Hainan Tilapia Farmers”