The Responsible Seafood Choice

Category: Consumers

BAP Staff Spotlight: Michail Bilek

Tell us a little about your background – where did you go to school? What was your major? I became interested in marine life at a young age going to Mystic aquarium, I wanted to study marine biology in high school and then went to UNE for Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs. I’m now going back for my masters in Ocean and Food Systems. Why are you passionate about this industry? I love working in an industry that in the face of climate change, will be very important in how we feed people around the world. Aquaculture has been known … READ MORE “BAP Staff Spotlight: Michail Bilek”

Five Tips for Being a Smart Seafood Shopper

  Why Seafood? In addition to being a lean source of protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals, seafood provides some of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that getting the recommended two servings of seafood per week can help decrease risk of heart disease, reduce cholesterol and inflammation, and even improve brain function! Despite these benefits, only one in 10 Americans are actually meeting this recommendation. What to Buy We want to make it easier for you to get those two servings of seafood per week, and we know choosing sustainable seafood isn’t as easy … READ MORE “Five Tips for Being a Smart Seafood Shopper”

How do BAP Standards Help Protect the Environment?

April is Earth Month, a time to reflect on the health of our planet. Earth Day, the 22nd, is especially a time to think about how our choices affect the environment and what we can do to lessen our impact. At Best Aquaculture Practices, this is something we think about each and every day. Many of our goals as a program are in line with those of the Earth Day movement. Environmental responsibility is one of the core pillars of the BAP standards. Since the BAP program was established in 2002, we’ve helped thousands of aquaculture producers worldwide improve their … READ MORE “How do BAP Standards Help Protect the Environment?”

BAP Spotlight Story: TOBA Tilapia

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features TOBA Tilapia in Indonesia. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? With demand rising and many marine fish stocks already overfished, nearly half of all seafood now comes from aquaculture, which has grown at a double-digit clip for decades. Aquaculture has one big advantage over land animals, which is we feed them a lot less. So it’s an ideal animal protein source to feeding the growing world population, with the least … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: TOBA Tilapia”

BAP Staff Spotlight: Katie Butler

Tell us a little about your background – where did you go to school? What was your major? Since I can remember I have been fascinated by the ocean and all the life within it. This curiosity led me to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where I’ve completed a degree in Marine, Estuary, and Freshwater Biology. After graduation I had the opportunity to work as a teacher of oceanography, a naturalist in ecology, and in the field of environmental toxicology. Why are you passionate about this industry? Growing up on the coast of Maine I was always surrounded by … READ MORE “BAP Staff Spotlight: Katie Butler”

BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Humpty Doo Barramundi, a family-owned barramundi business in Australia. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? The family behind Humpty Doo Barramundi was inspired to join the seafood industry because we are passionate about fish — catching fish, eating fish and now farming fish! While we now spend more time growing fish than catching it, we still enjoy eating our saltwater barramundi. Bob and Dan Richards, the father-son duo actively involved … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi”

BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program recently released a new video that introduces consumers to aquaculture and the BAP program. The video stems from a partnership with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to increase awareness around responsible aquaculture practices, sustainable feed, and the BAP label. It is available in both English and Spanish. The video provides a brief overview of what aquaculture is and why it’s needed, and features two BAP-certified facilities, Acuicola Gemso Tilapia farm and Vimifos Feed Mill in Mexico. Says Juan Atnonio Loustaunau, Facility Manager of Acuicola Gemso, “For Gemso, quality is very important, and not just … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification”