Best Aquaculture Practices

Category: Consumers

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”

Ten Reasons to Buy BAP Seafood

  Buy with confidence.  Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is the world’s only aquaculture certification program that covers the entire production chain (hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants). BAP also has the most comprehensive standards, which cover environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety and animal health and welfare. The BAP program is endorsed by retailers all over the world. Currently, more than 180 retail and foodservice brands worldwide are publicly committed to sourcing seafood responsibly from BAP-certified facilities. For a full list of retailers and foodservice operators, visit our marketplace page. 100% Compliance is required to become certified.  To become BAP-certified, … READ MORE “Ten Reasons to Buy BAP Seafood”

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Seafood Recipe: Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder

This luscious shrimp chowder recipe is brimming with hearty flavors. But unlike most seafood chowders, you won’t find cream or butter in the recipe. Every spoonful of this Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder gets you one slurp closer to eating (and enjoying) the recommended two seafood meals each week. But even better is the simplicity of this chowder and its stellar nutritional profile. Have you ever made fish chowder from scratch? Most recipes call for lots of cream, butter and bacon, which translates into lots of saturated fat, sodium and calories. This lightened-up, more nutrient-rich chowder gets thickened with a … READ MORE “Seafood Recipe: Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder”

Barramundi: A Responsible Aquaculture Species Profile

Get to Know a Fish that Just About Everyone Likes   Barramundi is renowned for its great taste and suitability for tropical ocean farming. It offers compelling health benefits and one of the best sustainability profiles of any fish. This has earned barramundi its reputation as “the perfect fish for a changing world.” Barramundi is a delicious whitefish with a mild and buttery flavor. With its dense, meaty texture, it tastes like a cross between grouper and halibut. Best of all, it’s never “fishy.” Rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, the fish is a favorite amongst chefs and home cooks around … READ MORE “Barramundi: A Responsible Aquaculture Species Profile”

Seafood Twice a Week Starts at Breakfast: 3 Fish-Friendly Ideas for the Morning Meal

Seafood Twice a Week Starts at Breakfast: 3 Fish-Friendly Ideas for the Morning Meal

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we all consume at least two seafood meals a week. For pregnant and nursing women, that recommendation is even higher: two to three seafood meals a week. Seafood contains a powerhouse of nutrients including lean protein, antioxidants like selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which play a positive role in keeping our hearts, eyes and brains healthy. If achieving that twice-a-week seafood goal is a challenge or you’re at a loss for fish-friendly meal ideas, look no further than breakfast. Seafood in the morning is doable and delicious when you swap familiar morning favorites like oatmeal, toast … READ MORE “Seafood Twice a Week Starts at Breakfast: 3 Fish-Friendly Ideas for the Morning Meal”

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Best Aquaculture Practices and the Four Pillars of Responsible Aquaculture

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pillars of responsible aquaculture are the foundation of our certification program aquaculture standards—guiding all the work that we do within the seafood industry to keep it moving forward in a responsible and sustainable fashion.

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The Faces of Tilapia

Behind the tilapia that you purchase at your local supermarket or restaurant are the people who farm and process the fish. For many, farming and processing tilapia isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life. And for those committed to doing things responsibly, it’s a passion. Currently, 92 tilapia farms and 91 tilapia processing plants worldwide are Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified. Of those, the majority — 79 farms and 50 processing plants — are located in China. These people are committed to the environment, social integrity, and the health of the animal and consumer, and, as part of the … READ MORE “The Faces of Tilapia”