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BAP Closes Out 2017 with 1,850 Certified Facilities

The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program ended 2017 on a high note, closing out the year with 1,850 BAP-certified farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills. That’s a 18.7 percent jump from the same time a year ago. Of the 1,850 BAP-certified facilities, 1,169 are farms, 388 are processing plants, 191 are hatcheries and 102 are feed mills, located in 31 countries and six continents. The 1,000-plus farms produce more than 1.8 million metric tons of finfish and shellfish annually, predominately shrimp, salmon, tilapia, pangasius, catfish and mussels. In addition to the steady growth this year, the … READ MORE “BAP Closes Out 2017 with 1,850 Certified Facilities”

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Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), a division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, announced today that it has successfully completed the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Equivalence Process, becoming the world’s first third-party aquaculture certification program to do so. The GSCP Equivalence Process enables the benchmarking of existing standards against international best practices as set out in the GSCP Reference Tools. The process lasted nine months and involved an initial self-assessment of the BAP program followed by independent, third-party validation by an Equivalence Assessment Panel of international experts. The GSCP is part of The Consumer Goods Forum’s work to harmonize social … READ MORE “Best Aquaculture Practices Completes GSCP Equivalence Process”

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First for BAP: Oyster, Scallop Processing Plant Lands Certification

Oysters and scallops are the latest species represented in the industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The Rushan Hope Well Foods Co. Ltd. processing plant in China has attained BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early November. It’s the first facility of any kind — processing plant or farm — that handles oysters or scallops to earn BAP certification. The announcement came during the China Fisheries & Seafood Expo in Qingdao on Nov. 2; GAA is exhibiting in stand E1-1101. In a brief ceremony, Liu Haijun, president of Rushan Hope Well Foods, accepted the BAP certificate from … READ MORE “First for BAP: Oyster, Scallop Processing Plant Lands Certification”

MacKnight smoked salmon in salmon smokehouse

BAP Certifies North American Salmon Smokehouse

Congratulations to The MacKnight Food Group. The company’s smoked salmon processing plant in Miami, Florida, has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late October. The 15,000-square-foot Miami facility is one of four processing plants owned and operated by the privately owned company. The secondary processing plant produces smoked salmon products, which are then shipped to retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States. MacKnight produces a wide variety of smoked salmon products using Atlantic salmon farmed in Scotland, Norway and Chile, including smoked salmon sides, sliced smoked salmon, smoked salmon fleurettes, smoked salmon … READ MORE “BAP Certifies North American Salmon Smokehouse”

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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”

Best Aquaculture Practices First Aquaculture Certification Scheme to Earn GSSI Recognition

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), GAA and GSSI announced jointly on Oct. 4. The GSSI Steering Board has approved the recognition, determining that the two-star certification against the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standards and BAP Salmon Farm Standards are in alignment with all Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, independently verifying alignment with the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification. It was the seventh and final step in a process that began in December 2015 when … READ MORE “Best Aquaculture Practices First Aquaculture Certification Scheme to Earn GSSI Recognition”

Yiguo.com and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a ceremony in Shanghai on Sept. 15, 2017, at which Yiguo.com announced it would begin working with GAA’s BAP third-party certification program.

Yiguo.com, GAA Sign MOU to Make BAP-Certified Seafood Available to Chinese Consumers

Yiguo.com and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at a ceremony in Shanghai on Sept. 15, 2017, at which Yiguo.com announced it would begin working with GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. Yiguo.com, a leading China-based grocery food e-commerce platform, committed to including BAP in its seafood sourcing policy and preferentially sourcing seafood products that originate from BAP-certified facilities. That also means BAP-certified products and their providers can expedite the process to do business with Yiguo, and Yiguo’s customers will be able to purchase BAP-certified seafood from home and abroad. Yiguo.com and GAA … READ MORE “Yiguo.com, GAA Sign MOU to Make BAP-Certified Seafood Available to Chinese Consumers”