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On Target: BAP Program Aims for 33% Growth in 2018

With nearly 300 certified facilities added so far this year, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program is on target to grow approximately 33 percent in 2018, in terms of total number of certified facilities worldwide. At the end of May, there were 2,062 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 34 countries and six continents. That’s up from 1,816 at the end of 2017. Of the 2,062, 1,336 are farms, 409 are processing plants, 208 are hatcheries and 109 are feed mills. The 1,336 farms produce approximately 1.5 million metric tons of finfish and shellfish annually, … READ MORE “On Target: BAP Program Aims for 33% Growth in 2018”

Kingfish Zeeland yellowtail

World’s First Seriola, RAS Farm Earns BAP Certification

Kingfish Zeeland has been awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the world’s first seriola farm to earn the distinction, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early June. It’s also the world’s first recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to earn BAP certification. Located in Holland’s Zeeland province, Kingfish Zeeland raises yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi), also known as Pacific yellowtail or hiramasa, using water from the Oosterschelde marine estuary, a Natura 2000 nature reserve. The new RAS farm, which applied for BAP certification in July 2017 and went into operation in April, is expected to produce 600 metric tons of yellowtail per year … READ MORE “World’s First Seriola, RAS Farm Earns BAP Certification”

BAP’s supply chain transparency program

Public Comment Sought for Expanded Seafood Processing Standards

The Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) Seafood Processing Standards are now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on May 2. The 60-day public comment period ends on July 1. The GSA Seafood Processing Standards are the first and only seafood-specific processing plants standards for both farmed and wild seafood. Based on the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Seafood Processing Standards, the GSA Seafood Processing Standards are comprehensive in that they encompass all four pillars of responsibility — environmental responsibility, social responsibility, animal health and welfare, and food safety. News of the GSA Seafood Processing Standards surfaced last week at … READ MORE “Public Comment Sought for Expanded Seafood Processing Standards”

China’s Largest Retailer Commits to BAP for More Responsible Seafood

As leaders of promoting responsible seafood sourcing policies in the Chinese market, JD.com announced a commitment to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) during Seafood Expo Global in Brussels on April 25. E-commerce platforms in China, like JD.com, are among the leaders in the marketplace for setting responsible seafood sourcing policies. In 2017, JD.com and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed an MOU at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston to begin cooperation by offering BAP products to JD’s online customers via its fresh food platform, JD Fresh. As a way of firmly establishing themselves as a globally recognized platform concerned … READ MORE “China’s Largest Retailer Commits to BAP for More Responsible Seafood”

Luckyfish sea bream

Mediterranean Sea Bass, Sea Bream Producer First to be Four-Star BAP

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Luckyfish Co. of Turkey is the world’s first company eligible to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream. The announcement came on Day 1 of Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, as Mike Berthet, BAP market development manager for Europe, presented Luckyfish CEO Ismail Aksoy with the company’s BAP certificates. Recently earning BAP certification were Luckyfish’s processing plant in Didim, Turkey; two farms in Muğla Kazıklı Bay, located near Didim; its hatchery in Milas, Turkey, and its feed mill, also in Didim. All four sets of … READ MORE “Mediterranean Sea Bass, Sea Bream Producer First to be Four-Star BAP”

New Zealand King Salmon

Feed Mill Certification Lifts New Zealand King Salmon To Four-Star BAP

New Zealand King Salmon is now eligible to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) salmon following the certification of its largest feed supplier, Skretting, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early April. Four stars is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program, indicating that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. New Zealand King Salmon is the world’s first king salmon company to earn the distinction. It’s also Australasia’s first salmon producer to offer four-star BAP salmon. The certification of Skretting’s feed mill in Tasmania came soon after New Zealand King Salmon … READ MORE “Feed Mill Certification Lifts New Zealand King Salmon To Four-Star BAP”

BAP seafood on display

BAP Milestone: 2,000th Aquaculture Facility Certified

  The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has reached a milestone, surpassing the 2,000-facility mark. There are now more than 2,000 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 33 countries and six continents. Administered by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the BAP program is growing by leaps and bounds, more than doubling in size in the past two years, from about 700 facilities at the end of 2015 to 1,500-plus facilities by the end of 2016 to 1,850 facilities at the end of 2017. The BAP program officially hit the 2,000-facility mark during last week’s … READ MORE “BAP Milestone: 2,000th Aquaculture Facility Certified”