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New iBAP Program To Advance Responsible Aquaculture

February, 2015 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is launching a program designed to help aquaculture farmers attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the organization announced in late January. The new program is called iBAP. It incentivizes aquaculture facilities capable of attaining BAP certification to engage in a deadline-driven program, providing the assistance and encouragement necessary to apply for BAP certification. The “i” in “iBAP” represents innovation. Currently, about 5% of global aquaculture production is third-party certified, in terms of volume. GAA’s mission is to feed the world through responsible aquaculture, and iBAP will create incentive for aquaculture producers to improve and … READ MORE “New iBAP Program To Advance Responsible Aquaculture”

BAP Auditor Course Set For Bali In May

February, 2015 The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division invites new auditor candidates and returning auditors requiring refresher training to attend a BAP auditor training course in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from May 10 to 16, 2015. The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process. The course will cover all of the BAP standards, including the seafood processing plant standards, finfish and crustacean farm standards (including land-based ponds and fresh/brackish water cage culture), salmon and marine-cage farm … READ MORE “BAP Auditor Course Set For Bali In May”

Latin American Wholesaler Backs BAP Certification Program

January, 2015 Add Makro Supermayorista S.A. to the growing list of wholesalers, retailers and foodservice operators worldwide that endorse the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late January. Makro is the first major Latin American wholesaler to endorse the BAP program. It is adopting BAP certification as part of a company-wide sustainability initiative, working with its suppliers to ensure that its farmed seafood, when available, is sourced from a BAP-certified facility. Based in Lima, Peru, Makro Supermayorista S.A. is a cash-and-carry wholesaler, selling food and non-food products to registered professional buyers, including small- … READ MORE “Latin American Wholesaler Backs BAP Certification Program”

GAA Partners with IFFO, Lyons, Morrisons to Address Social Responsibility

October, 2014 The Global Aquaculture Alliance, IFFO, Lyons Seafoods Co. and Wm Morrison Supermarkets on Oct. 10, 2014, collectively agreed to a position statement addressing the social concerns related to aquafeed production. The four organizations announced the agreement on the final day of GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since then, four more foodservice and retail companies have signed on to the positioning statement — M&J Seafood/Brakes Group, Direct Seafood, Tesco and Waitrose. The positioning statement is as follows: It is essential that robust, comprehensive and socially responsible standards are implemented within aquaculture and its supply … READ MORE “GAA Partners with IFFO, Lyons, Morrisons to Address Social Responsibility”

Long John Silver’s Endorses BAP Certification Program

June 2014 Add Long John Silver’s to the growing list of retailers and foodservice operators worldwide that are Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) market endorsers. Long John Silver’s has announced that it will be adopting BAP certification as part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy. The U.S. restaurant chain will work closely with the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and its suppliers to ensure that its farmed seafood, when available, is sourced from a BAP-certified facility. Long John Silver’s is the United States’ largest quick-service seafood chain, with more than 1,200 restaurants. The brand is owned by LJS Partners, a consortium of … READ MORE “Long John Silver’s Endorses BAP Certification Program”

GAA Signs MoU With Prominent Chinese Foodservice Provider

December, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wuhan Lanesync Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd., in which the two organizations will work collaboratively to cross-promote the organizations’ activities and to advance responsible aquaculture. Based in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, Wuhan Lanesync handles purchasing, distribution, logistics, marketing, processing and other activities for more than 35,000 restaurants and hotels throughout China. The company operates more than 200 Xianzhilong retail outlets and seven warehouses with a combined annual purchasing power of more than U.S. $158 million. It strives to build innovative B2B2C e-commerce and information … READ MORE “GAA Signs MoU With Prominent Chinese Foodservice Provider”

Best Aquaculture Practices Food Safety Facts

November, 2010 Food Safety Priority Companies within the Best Aquaculture Practices certification program can share with their customers, business partners and consumers that participation in BAP provides assurances that seafood is produced with food safety as the top priority. BAP audits food safety throughout the aquaculture production process, from hatchery and feed mill to farm and processing plant, which is not done in some certification schemes. In fact, last year, BAP was included in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration pilot study on the use of third-party certification to improve the food safety of imported farmed shrimp. Following are examples … READ MORE “Best Aquaculture Practices Food Safety Facts”