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Bantianyao Is Latest Chinese Restaurant Chain To Endorse BAP

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bantianyao whereby the Chinese restaurant chain has pledged to incorporate the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program into its responsible seafood sourcing policy. The BAP program continues to make inroads in the Chinese market, with a total of 33 retail and foodservice companies in China committed to sourcing BAP seafood. As part of the MoU, Bantianyao has pledged to add BAP seafood to its preferential procurement list. Already, 100 percent of the catfish and pangasius that it sources originates from … READ MORE “Bantianyao Is Latest Chinese Restaurant Chain To Endorse BAP”



How Do BAP Standards Address Environmental Responsibility?

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. The challenges and opportunities posed by climate change have made it the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. One of the greatest threats posed by climate change is global food security. Aquaculture and Food Security There will be an estimated 9.8 billion people on the planet by 2050, and with an increasing population comes an increasing demand for food. In fact, in just three decades, it’s estimated that we’ll need 70 percent more food than we do today to feed the world’s … READ MORE “How Do BAP Standards Address Environmental Responsibility?”



Shrimp Farmer First In Australia To Earn Four-Star BAP Status

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Seafarms Group Ltd. is the first Australian prawn company to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification across its entire aquaculture production chain. Seafarms is one of Australia’s largest producers of farmed prawns operating across four locations in northern Australia. The company’s annual production is around 1,500 tons and is distributed and sold nationally as Crystal Bay® prawns. BAP certification has been awarded across all Seafarms’ Queensland facilities, including its hatchery at Innisfail, its farms at Cardwell and Ingham, and its processing plant at Cardwell. Additionally, Seafarms sources feed from a BAP-certified feed … READ MORE “Shrimp Farmer First In Australia To Earn Four-Star BAP Status”



Shenzhen Pengcheng Marine Products Further Commits to BAP

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and Shenzhen Pengcheng Marine Products Co. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) whereby the Chinese company has furthered its commitment to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, GAA announced in early April. Pengcheng is already sourcing shrimp from Vietnam and salmon and mussels from Chile that originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. With the MoU, Pengcheng has pledged to source more seafood from BAP-certified facilities, expanding the availability of BAP product in the Chinese market. Pengcheng, which distributes seafood to more than 300 high-end hotels in 70-plus … READ MORE “Shenzhen Pengcheng Marine Products Further Commits to BAP”



Seiyu Becomes First Retailer in Japan to Market BAP Seafood

Seiyu, one of Japan’s largest retailers, has committed to sourcing products from BAP-certified producers, beginning with a packaged shrimp salad launching in 181 stores across Japan. The product carries the four-star BAP label, meaning that it originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. Seiyu is the first major retailer in Japan to market BAP seafood in stores. Walmart, Seiyu’s parent company and the world’s largest retailer, is a longtime supporter of the BAP third-party certification program and is committed to responsible sourcing throughout its aquaculture supply chain. “Walmart is globally promoting sustainable sourcing. Aligning with Walmart, Walmart … READ MORE “Seiyu Becomes First Retailer in Japan to Market BAP Seafood”



BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm

As part of its producer spotlight initiative, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program released a new video featuring BAP-certified producer Ideal Fish. Launched in 2013, Ideal Fish is uses a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to raise branzino, or European sea bass. The 63,000-square-foot facility is located in Waterbury, Conn., within close proximity to the major metropolitan U.S. East Coast markets. The video shines a light on the state-of-the-art RAS technology as well as Ideal Fish’s traceability initiatives and why they chose to get BAP certified. Says President and CEO Eric Pederson, “We were very interested from the beginning of the development of … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm”



BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood

Since 2009, the United Nations (UN) has observed the World Day of Social Justice annually on the 20th of February. This year, the UN chose to focus on closing the inequalities gap worldwide: “We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality, or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove the barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” From fishers to farmers to processors, inequality impacts the employees that compose the backbone of the global seafood industry. When we increase equality, we increase an individual’s … READ MORE “BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood”