Best Aquaculture Practices

Category: BAP Certification Updates

BAP Farmed Shrimp Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’

April, 2014 Two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp standards of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) are equivalent to a yellow “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Seafood Watch will recommend that consumers, chefs and businesses consider farmed shrimp assessed under the BAP standards as a “buy” option. The determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff. The process of benchmarking existing eco-certification programs against Seafood Watch criteria began more than two years ago when Seafood Watch business partners sought guidance in navigating … READ MORE “BAP Farmed Shrimp Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’”

BAP Processing Standards Benchmarked Against GFSI

May, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) seafood processing plant standards have been successfully benchmarked against the latest Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety requirements. GFSI made the announcement on May 16. The BAP standards now align with GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, which according to GFSI represents an upgrade from the previous edition in that the requirements for program management were strengthened and the document was expanded to cover primary production, processing and supporting activities more robustly. The BAP seafood processing plant standards were originally benchmarked against GFSI Guidance Document Fifth Edition in June … READ MORE “BAP Processing Standards Benchmarked Against GFSI”

New BAP Hatchery Standards Completed

September, 2014 The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has expanded its coverage with the completion of new BAP hatchery and nursery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks. The addition of the BAP hatchery standards represents a key advancement for the BAP program, as they allow companies to pursue four-star designation for all species covered by the BAP program. “We are very proud to announce the release of the new BAP hatchery standards,” said Peter Redmond, BAP vice president of market development. “This now enables our partners to become four-star certified across the aquaculture sector. It’s a massive enhancement … READ MORE “New BAP Hatchery Standards Completed”

For BAP Program, A Year Of Growth, Accomplishments, Milestones

January, 2015 For the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, 2014 was marked with growth, accomplishments and milestones. The BAP program experienced year-on-year growth in 2014, in terms of the volume of product originating from BAP-certified facilities and the number of BAP-certified facilities. The annual output from BAP-certified processing plants totaled 1.43 million metric tons through Dec. 31, 2014, up 2.7% from Dec. 31, 2013. The number of BAP-certified facilities totaled 701 as of Dec. 31, 2014, up from 648 facilities a year ago. The total includes 271 processing plants (up 23 units from a year … READ MORE “For BAP Program, A Year Of Growth, Accomplishments, Milestones”

New iBAP Program To Advance Responsible Aquaculture

February, 2015 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is launching a program designed to help aquaculture farmers attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the organization announced in late January. The new program is called iBAP. It incentivizes aquaculture facilities capable of attaining BAP certification to engage in a deadline-driven program, providing the assistance and encouragement necessary to apply for BAP certification. The “i” in “iBAP” represents innovation. Currently, about 5% of global aquaculture production is third-party certified, in terms of volume. GAA’s mission is to feed the world through responsible aquaculture, and iBAP will create incentive for aquaculture producers to improve and … READ MORE “New iBAP Program To Advance Responsible Aquaculture”