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Category: BAP Certification Updates

First European Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification

Offshore Shellfish Ltd., which operates the United Kingdom’s first large-scale, offshore rope-cultured mussel farm, recently obtained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in early September. It is the first mussel farm in Europe to earn this distinction. Offshore Shellfish is a family-run business that grows the native blue mussel offshore in the waters of Lyme Bay, South Devon. “We are very proud to have achieved the high standard required for BAP certification, and it is a testament to the dedicated and conscientious work of our crews at sea, the management team onshore and the environmental … READ MORE “First European Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification”

What BAP-Certified Facilities are Saying About Us

Initial results from a survey conducted by the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program show the benefits facilities have experienced from becoming BAP certified. Among the most common benefits facilities mentioned are increased sales and access to new markets, improved business practices and increased customer trust. The infographic below shows testimonials from some of the facilities that participated in the survey. More than 40 responses have been received so far, and BAP is still looking for feedback. There are currently two surveys being conducted for BAP-certified facilities. If you are a BAP-certified facility and are interested in taking a survey, they … READ MORE “What BAP-Certified Facilities are Saying About Us”

BAP Making Inroads in China’s Crawfish Sector

Congratulations to China’s Hong Hu Fishery Aquatic Products & Food Ltd. Its crawfish processing plant has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Hong Hu is only the third crawfish processing plant in China and the fifth crawfish facility overall to earn the distinction. A crawfish farm in China and a crawfish processing plant in Egypt are also BAP certified. Hong Hu is owned by Deyan Aquatic Group, and its processing plant is located in Honghu city, Hubei province. “We have always adhered to the high standard of quality and safety management philosophy and are committed to improving the environment of … READ MORE “BAP Making Inroads in China’s Crawfish Sector”

Mid-Year Review: Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Up 14.3 Percent

With the first half of 2018 in the books, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce that the number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities is up 14.3 percent this year. At the end of June, there were 2,079 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 34 countries and six continents. That’s up from 1,819 at the end of 2017. Of the 2,079, 1,343 are farms, 411 are processing plants, 212 are hatcheries and 113 are feed mills. The BAP program reached a milestone in March when it surpassed the 2,000-facility mark for the first time. … READ MORE “Mid-Year Review: Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Up 14.3 Percent”

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Impressive January Sees 79 New BAP-Certified Facilities

Seventy-nine new processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification in January, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced. For the industry-leading BAP program, that’s the second highest monthly total to date, after November 2017’s total of 86 new facilities. January’s near-record sum comes as the number of BAP-certified facilities inches toward the 2,000-facility milestone, reaching 1,898 at the end of the month. Furthermore, of these facilities, 1,203 are farms, 398 are processing plants, 194 are hatcheries and 103 are feed mills. BAP-certified facilities also represent 32 countries and six continents. The BAP certification … READ MORE “Impressive January Sees 79 New BAP-Certified Facilities”

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Chinese Hairy Crab Farm Attains BAP Certification

Add hairy crab to the list of species represented in the industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The Zhejiang Aoling Aquatic Seeding Technology Co. Ltd. hairy crab farm in China has attained BAP certification, becoming the world’s first crab farm of any kind to earn the distinction, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late October. The announcement comes just days before the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao, Asia’s largest seafood trade show, featuring about 1,450 companies from 40 countries; GAA is exhibiting in stand E1-1101. In a brief ceremony, Mr. Zheng Haidi, general manager of … READ MORE “Chinese Hairy Crab Farm Attains BAP Certification”

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Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Tops 1,700

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) added 273 new facilities to the third-party certification program through the first three-quarters of 2017, bringing the total number of BAP-certified aquaculture farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills to 1,737 worldwide, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-October. Of those 273 new facilities, 53 are processing plants, 172 are farms, 24 are hatcheries and 24 are feed mills. Shrimp farms (93) and salmon farms (53) represented the majority of the 172 farms added to the BAP program in the first nine months of 2017. That brings the total number of BAP-certified facilities to 392 processing … READ MORE “Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Tops 1,700”