The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: December 2016

First Group Of Tilapia Farms Enrolls In iBAP

A group of 65 tilapia farms in Hainan, China, has enrolled in the iBAP program, becoming the first group of tilapia farms to do so. The Fishin’ Company, a leading tilapia supplier that is capable of offering four-star BAP tilapia, is sponsoring the farmers’ participation in iBAP, which is a precursor to full BAP certification. The farmers supply The Fishin’ Company with raw material. Launched in early 2015, the iBAP program is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing BAP certification. Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven improvement plan. iBAP incentivizes … READ MORE “First Group Of Tilapia Farms Enrolls In iBAP”

First Mediterranean Facility Enrolls In iBAP

Sagro Aquaculture Ltd. has enrolled its sea bream hatchery in Cyprus in the iBAP program, becoming the world’s first sea bream facility as well as the world’s first Mediterranean facility to do so. Launched in early 2015, the iBAP program is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing 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. Sagro Aquaculture was established in 1983 by Savvas J. Agrotis. Currently, the hatchery is capable of producing 20 million fingerlings … READ MORE “First Mediterranean Facility Enrolls In iBAP”

Milestone: Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Tops 1,500

It’s official. The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities has surpassed the 1,500 mark, with the addition of 67 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program last month. At the end of November, there were a total of 1,527 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has announced. The BAP program has more than doubled in size in the past two years, growing from 701 BAP-certified facilities at the end of 2014 to 1,500-plus facilities today, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to responsible aquaculture. November’s tally was the BAP program’s second highest of 2016 … READ MORE “Milestone: Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Tops 1,500”

Anniversary: Five Years Of BAP-Certified Salmon Farms

British Columbia’s salmon-farming industry is celebrating five years of commitment to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program with the five-year anniversary of the world’s first BAP-certified salmon farm. Cermaq Canada’s Brent Island salmon farm, located near Campbell River, British Columbia, attained BAP certification five years ago this month, becoming the first farm to do so since the adoption of the BAP salmon farm standards in June 2011. British Columbia’s salmon-farming industry has embraced BAP, the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification. Currently, a total of 62 salmon farm sites in British Columbia are engaged in the BAP program … READ MORE “Anniversary: Five Years Of BAP-Certified Salmon Farms”

Miami Auditor Training Course Draws 14 Auditors

A total of 14 new or returning auditors and 35 industry observers attended the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) auditor training course in Miami, Florida, USA, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3. Attendees came predominantly from Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Ireland, Peru and the United States. Representatives of a number of the BAP-accredited certification bodies also attended. Course instructors were Ken Corpron, BAP program integrity analyst; Jeff Peterson, BAP program integrity manager and training coordinator; Guy Ewing, a long-time seafood specialist; Dr. Steve Otwell of the Seafood HACCP Alliance; and Birgitte Krogh-Poulson, a social accountability specialist … READ MORE “Miami Auditor Training Course Draws 14 Auditors”