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BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Humpty Doo Barramundi, a family-owned barramundi business in Australia. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? The family behind Humpty Doo Barramundi was inspired to join the seafood industry because we are passionate about fish — catching fish, eating fish and now farming fish! While we now spend more time growing fish than catching it, we still enjoy eating our saltwater barramundi. Bob and Dan Richards, the father-son duo actively involved … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi”

China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is proud to announce that Hisealink, a leading global food sourcing and distribution network for restaurants and hotels across China, is incorporating GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program into its sustainable seafood sourcing policy. Hisealink and its purchasing and trading platform, Fresh Food Smart Choice, are pledging to preferentially source seafood from BAP-certified facilities for its network of more than 1,000 restaurants and five-star hotels in 300 cities across China. Hisealink has always been dedicated to providing its customers with high quality, safe food. Food safety is a key component of the BAP program, … READ MORE “China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood”

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

It’s official. The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program closed out 2018 on a high note, finishing up the year with 2,287 BAP-certified facilities worldwide. Of the 2,287 BAP-certified facilities, 1,534 are farms, 370 are processing plants, 45 are re-processing plants, 220 are hatcheries and 118 are feed mills. Additionally, there are 245 farms that were previously BAP-certified but are currently in fallow. The 1,500-plus farms represent more than 1.5 million metric tons of production annually. Demonstrating the industry’s long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture, the BAP program has more than tripled in size in the past four years, growing from … READ MORE “BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018”

How Does BAP Develop a Standard?

BAP is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party certification program for the fastest growing food-production sector, aquaculture. Creating standards that are robust yet able to adapt as best practices in aquaculture is a challenging job. The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) and the BAP technical committees work tirelessly to ensure the aquaculture industry rises to the highest level of food safety, animal welfare, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Stakeholder engagement, consensus and transparency define the BAP standards development process. Ten years ago, GAA created the Standards Oversight Committee (SOC), a 12-member group tasked with overseeing the … READ MORE “How Does BAP Develop a Standard?”

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BAP Seafood at Hitachi Cafeterias Marks Official Launch of BAP in Japan

  Japanese major electronics manufacturer Hitachi and Seiyo Food-Compass Group recently introduced shrimp and pangasius from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities to employee cafeterias in Hitachi’s Ikebukuro, Japan, service center, the first time that BAP seafood has been marketed as such in Japan. As part of its commitment to align its food sourcing policies with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Hitachi is working with its food service provider, Seiyo Food-Compass Group, to source seafood originating from BAP-certified processing plants and farms. Hitachi is committed to serve BAP seafood at its employee cafeterias once a month. Seiyo Food is … READ MORE “BAP Seafood at Hitachi Cafeterias Marks Official Launch of BAP in Japan”

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Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 2,155

With the first 10 months of 2018 in the books, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce that the number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities is up 21.2 percent this year. There were 2,155 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills at the end of October, including 1,451 farms, 372 processing plants, 217 hatcheries and 115 feed mills. That’s up from 1,778 BAP-certified facilities at the end of 2017. The 1,451 farms produce 1.5 million metric tons of seafood annually. At the end of 2017, there were 1,137 BAP-certified farms producing 1.2 million metric tons of seafood annually. … READ MORE “Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 2,155”

Seafood Processing Plant Standards Benchmarked Against Latest Version of GFSI

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) seafood processing plant standards have been successfully benchmarked against the latest version of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food-safety requirements, GFSI announced on Nov. 6. The seafood processing plant standards now align with Version 7.1 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. GFSI is continually evolving its benchmarking requirements to reflect the latest best practices and stakeholder input. GFSI published Version 7.1 last year. The standards were originally benchmarked against GFSI Benchmarking Requirements in June 2010. They were first benchmarked against the fifth edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements in 2011 and again against the sixth edition in … READ MORE “Seafood Processing Plant Standards Benchmarked Against Latest Version of GFSI”