The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: July 2017

oysters and scallops BAP certification

Walmart Accepts BAP As Approved Third-Party Program For Monitoring Supplier Social Compliance

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is among the third-party certification programs — and currently the only seafood-specific certification program — that Walmart has approved for monitoring supplier social compliance. The world’s largest retailer is transitioning to a third-party audit approach for monitoring the social compliance of its suppliers’ facilities, replacing the requirement for its own Responsible Sourcing audits. Instead, Walmart’s suppliers will be required to submit a valid audit report from an approved third-party certification program, and BAP is among the certification programs with a social component that meets the retailer’s expectations for worker dignity and safety. “We appreciate the trust and … READ MORE “Walmart Accepts BAP As Approved Third-Party Program For Monitoring Supplier Social Compliance”

Kingfish Zeeland yellowtail

RAS Seriola Farm Applies For BAP Certification

Kingfish Zeeland in the Netherlands has applied for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. If certified, Kingfish Zeeland would be the first seriola farm to attain BAP certification. The company raises yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), which is also known as hiramasa or Pacific yellowtail, in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) in the Province of Zeeland, using water from the Oosterschelde marine estuary, a Natura 2000 nature reserve. If certified, Kingfish Zeeland would also be the first RAS farm to attain BAP certification. Based on its currently active R&D and early grow-out facility, Kingfish Zeeland expects to introduce its first batch of … READ MORE “RAS Seriola Farm Applies For BAP Certification”

First for U.S. Catfish: SouthFresh Feed Mill Lands BAP Certification

Congratulations to SouthFresh Aquaculture of Alabama, the first feed mill in the U.S. Southeast and second in the country to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. With the addition of its feed mill in Demopolis, Ala., SouthFresh Catfish is now capable of providing three-star BAP U.S. catfish, as its processing plant in Eutaw, Ala., and Elysian Farms in Demopolis, Ala., are already BAP certified. SouthFresh is one of the few catfish companies in the United States that owns 100 percent of its feed mill. It’s the first U.S. catfish company to earn the distinction of a BAP-certified feed manufacturer. Last … READ MORE “First for U.S. Catfish: SouthFresh Feed Mill Lands BAP Certification”

BAP Program Nearing 1,700 Certified Facilities

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) added 170 new facilities to the third-party certification program in the first half of 2017, bringing the total number of BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills to 1,671 worldwide, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early July. Of those 170 new facilities, 42 are processing plants, 100 are farms, 13 are hatcheries and 15 are feed mills. Shrimp farms (46) and salmon farms (33) represented the majority of the 100 farms added the BAP program in the first half of 2017. Demonstrating the industry’s long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture, the BAP program has more … READ MORE “BAP Program Nearing 1,700 Certified Facilities”