The Responsible Seafood Choice

Month: December 2017

oysters and scallops BAP certification

Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), a division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, announced today that it has successfully completed the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Equivalence Process, becoming the world’s first third-party aquaculture certification program to do so. The GSCP Equivalence Process enables the benchmarking of existing standards against international best practices as set out in the GSCP Reference Tools. The process lasted nine months and involved an initial self-assessment of the BAP program followed by independent, third-party validation by an Equivalence Assessment Panel of international experts. The GSCP is part of The Consumer Goods Forum’s work to harmonize social … READ MORE “Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process”

BAP’s supply chain transparency program

Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 1,864

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities reached 1,864 through the first 11 months of 2017, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-December. With one month to go in 2017, the number BAP-certified facilities is up nearly 20% from the end of 2016. Of the 1,864 BAP-certified facilities, 1,133 are farms, 442 are processing plants, 192 are hatcheries and 97 are feed mills, located in 31 countries and six continents. The 1,000-plus farms produce 1.82 million metric tons of finfish and shellfish annually, predominately shrimp, salmon, tilapia, pangasius, catfish and mussels. End-of-the-year statistics will be released in mid-January. In … READ MORE “Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 1,864”