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BAP Launches Producer ‘Splash Pages’ on Website

BAP recently launched “splash pages” on the producer page of the BAP website as an added benefit to certified producers. These are drop-down tabs that provide additional information about producers by clicking on the facility name. These tabs provide a place for producers to list information such as marketing and sales contacts and a link to their downloadable BAP certificate. This initiative helps connect certified producers to buyers in the marketplace.  Said Molly Jacques, BAP director of market development operations, “Our producer partners work very hard to provide responsible seafood under the BAP standards. We wanted to offer them another way to highlight their hard … READ MORE “BAP Launches Producer ‘Splash Pages’ on Website”



Updated BAP Farm Standard Includes New Requirements on Antimicrobials, Social Accountability, Wildlife Protection

Issue 3.0 of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Farm Standard has been released to the public, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on March 1. The renamed BAP Farm Standard replaces Issue 2.4 of the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standard and adds a number of new requirements under BAP’s four pillars of sustainability — food safety, social accountability, environmental responsibility and animal welfare. The new standard covers all feed-fed finfish and crustacean species. However, separate sets of standards continue to exist for salmonids raised in marine net pens (covered by the BAP Salmon Farm Standard) and unfed mollusk species such … READ MORE “Updated BAP Farm Standard Includes New Requirements on Antimicrobials, Social Accountability, Wildlife Protection”

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BAP, Traceability Pioneers Collaborate on ‘Real-Time’ Data Sharing Initiative with Thai Union, Devi Seafoods

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program and traceability companies Wholechain and Legit Fish are developing real-time digital solutions to strengthen BAP’s visibility into producer supply chains. In collaboration with global seafood suppliers Thai Union and Devi Seafoods, BAP is working to enable direct data transfer from BAP-certified facilities to BAP’s internal data systems as companies trace products in their supply chains. This collaborative integration allows seafood businesses, the marketplace, regulators, and BAP to meet their traceability data requirements without duplication of effort.  “Real-time, digital traceability opens a new world that the retailer and consumer can … READ MORE “BAP, Traceability Pioneers Collaborate on ‘Real-Time’ Data Sharing Initiative with Thai Union, Devi Seafoods”



Totoaba, Pacific Red Snapper Processing Plant Achieves BAP Certification

Congratulations to Mexico’s Earth Ocean Farms for becoming the world’s first Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plant to process totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), a large member of the drum family that is endemic to the Gulf of California. Located in La Paz, Mexico, the processing plant also handles Pacific red snapper (Lutjanus peru). The totoaba and red snapper are farmed in submersible sea pens off the coast of Baja Sur.  Earth Ocean Farms is fully integrated. The company rears fingerlings in its own hatchery from carefully selected broodstock. Once the fingerlings reach optimal size, they are stocked at the company’s well-situated … READ MORE “Totoaba, Pacific Red Snapper Processing Plant Achieves BAP Certification”

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Jiangsu Province Farm Is World’s First BAP-Certified Yellow Catfish Farm

Congratulations to Liyang Qianmatang Chenqiang Special Aquaculture Co. Ltd. for becoming the world’s first Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified yellow catfish farm.   Located in China’s Jiangsu province, the farm, known as Chenqiang farm, raises yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) using the In Pond Raceway System (IPRS) developed and promoted globally by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). In July 2020, Chenqiang farm, which has more than a decade of experience in breeding and farming yellow catfish, partnered with USSEC and the Global Aquaculture Alliance, which owns the BAP third-party certification program, to implement IPRS technology on its farm. The project is also … READ MORE “Jiangsu Province Farm Is World’s First BAP-Certified Yellow Catfish Farm”



Despite Pandemic, BAP Program Grows, Ending 2020 With 2,918 Facilities

In a year wrought with challenges and disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Aquaculture Alliance applauds its supporters for remaining committed to responsible aquaculture and the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. In 2020, the BAP program grew 10.7 percent, ending the year with 2,918 BAP-certified facilities in 39 countries, GAA announced on Jan. 11. Of the 2,918 BAP-certified facilities, 2,030 are farms, 399 are processing plants, 51 are processing plants engaged in re-processing, 299 are hatcheries and 139 are feed mills, and an additional 364 BAP-certified facilities are farms are currently in fallow. The 2,918 … READ MORE “Despite Pandemic, BAP Program Grows, Ending 2020 With 2,918 Facilities”

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Mercadona Is First Spain-Based Retailer to Accept BAP Seafood

Mercadona has become the first Spain-based retailer to recognize the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced on Dec. 21. Mercadona has added BAP to its farmed seafood sourcing policy and will accept the program as a means of compliance for suppliers. “Mercadona works closely with several national and international organizations aimed at sharing best practices, mutual learning and making progress in sustainability with a firm focus on the supply chain at all times,” said Yasmina Santos of Mercadona. “Having just started to represent BAP in Spain, I’m delighted that Mercadona was so quick to make … READ MORE “Mercadona Is First Spain-Based Retailer to Accept BAP Seafood”