Best Aquaculture Practices

Month: June 2018

BAP Beta Tests Blockchain Traceability App

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program is currently beta testing a blockchain traceability application that will be made available to BAP-certified facilities. Members of the BAP information technology team recently visited Kauai Shrimp’s processing plant and farm in Hawaii which are currently in the iBAP improver program. These facilities were selected for the beta test to prove that the application can be used for small farmers and producers. What is blockchain and how does this application work? Blockchain is an ever-growing set of data blocks, and each block records a collection of transactions. Blockchains distribute data across a group of … READ MORE “BAP Beta Tests Blockchain Traceability App”

Choose Certified Seafood for World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global day of celebration and collaboration established to create a better future for the world’s oceans. The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. They cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the world’s water. They also produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and support the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Oceans are also the planet’s largest carbon reservoir, holding up to 54 times more carbon than the atmosphere! Not to mention they’re a primary source of the world’s food. More than 3.5 billion people around the world … READ MORE “Choose Certified Seafood for World Oceans Day”


On Target: BAP Program Aims for 33% Growth in 2018

With nearly 300 certified facilities added so far this year, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program is on target to grow approximately 33 percent in 2018, in terms of total number of certified facilities worldwide. At the end of May, there were 2,062 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 34 countries and six continents. That’s up from 1,816 at the end of 2017. Of the 2,062, 1,336 are farms, 409 are processing plants, 208 are hatcheries and 109 are feed mills. The 1,336 farms produce approximately 1.5 million metric tons of finfish and shellfish annually, … READ MORE “On Target: BAP Program Aims for 33% Growth in 2018”

Kingfish Zeeland yellowtail

World’s First Seriola, RAS Farm Earns BAP Certification

Kingfish Zeeland has been awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the world’s first seriola farm to earn the distinction, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early June. It’s also the world’s first recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to earn BAP certification. Located in Holland’s Zeeland province, Kingfish Zeeland raises yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), also known as Pacific yellowtail or hiramasa, using water from the Oosterschelde marine estuary, a Natura 2000 nature reserve. The new RAS farm, which applied for BAP certification in July 2017 and went into operation in April, is expected to produce 600 metric tons of yellowtail per year … READ MORE “World’s First Seriola, RAS Farm Earns BAP Certification”