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First Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification

October, 2013 Atlantic Aqua Farms—a fully integrated, rope-cultured mussel farming and processing company based in Prince Edward Island, Canada—is the first mussel farm in the world to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification since the completion of the BAP mussel farm standards in August, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late October. All of the company’s PEI mussel farm sites earned BAP certification on Oct. 14. “We were thrilled to work with the Global Aquaculture Alliance to be the first-ever mussel farm to be BAP certified,” said Terry Ennis, president and CEO of Atlantic Aqua Farms. “As industry leaders … READ MORE “First Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification”

Largest U.S. Catfish Processor Earns BAP Certification For Live Fish Plant

November, 2013 Heartland Catfish Co.—the United States’ largest catfish farming and processing company—has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for its Mississippi processing plant, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in mid-November. The Itta Bena, Mississippi, plant processes live catfish. Heartland Catfish processes 60 million to 75 million pounds (27 million to 34 million kilograms) of live fish per year from farms located in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. In August, the company’s Greensboro, Alabama, plant, which has been repurposed into a repacking plant, earned re-certification; the plant was first certified in 2010. Approximately 15% of the company’s finished product is … READ MORE “Largest U.S. Catfish Processor Earns BAP Certification For Live Fish Plant”

First Middle East Aquaculture Operation Earns BAP Certification

January, 2015 National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) is the Middle East’s first company to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-January. It’s also one of only 15 companies worldwide to attain four-star BAP status, denoting that its processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills are all BAP certified. NAQUA is based in Al Laith, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company’s processing plant, shrimp farm, barramundi farm, shrimp hatchery and shrimp and barramundi feed mill all earned BAP certification. NAQUA is now qualified to offer four-star BAP shrimp and three-star BAP barramundi. It’s the world’s first … READ MORE “First Middle East Aquaculture Operation Earns BAP Certification”

Second Barramundi Farm Earns BAP Certification

September, 2014 King Reef Seafoods Pty. Ltd.’s barramundi farm site in Cowley, Queensland, Australia, has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the country’s first barramundi farm site to earn the distinction, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late September. It is the world’s second barramundi farm site to attain BAP certification, following Tanachote Farm in Kuiburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, which earned BAP certification for barramundi and shrimp in January. King Reef is Australia’s largest capacity barramundi aquaculture operation. Established in the mid-1990s, King Reef is a fully integrated barramundi breeding, growing and processing enterprise. It was purchased by Sealord … READ MORE “Second Barramundi Farm Earns BAP Certification”

BAP Program Experiences Robust Growth In 2013

January, 2014 The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program had a fruitful 2013, experiencing robust growth in terms of the number of BAP-certified facilities and the volume of product from BAP-certified facilities available in the marketplace. Last year, the BAP program experienced a 31% increase in the number of facilities certified, a 29% increase in the volume of product originating from BAP-certified processing plants and an impressive 57% increase in the volume of product originating from BAP-certified farms. The annual output from BAP-certified processing plants totaled 1.392 million metric tons (MT) as of Dec. 31, 2013, … READ MORE “BAP Program Experiences Robust Growth In 2013”

BAP Adds Food Certification International To Auditing Team

August, 2013 The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the world’s leading certification standard for aquaculture facilities, has added Food Certification International Ltd. (FCI) to its team of BAP-approved third-party certification bodies. In a service agreement between the two organizations, FCI will conduct auditing and certification activities for aquaculture farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills that apply for BAP certification. “FCI is extremely pleased to have been awarded approval by BAP and is looking forward to assisting in the ongoing growth of the BAP standards into new species and geographies. The ability to provide BAP … READ MORE “BAP Adds Food Certification International To Auditing Team”

BAP Mussel Farm Standards Completed

August, 2013 The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program has expanded its coverage of shellfish with the completion of new standards for mussel farms. The new standards encompass all production systems for mussels, including cultivation on the seabed or on poles, and suspended cultures such as long-line culture and raft-and-rack culture. They also cover various mussel species, including blue mussels, Mediterranean mussels, Chilean mussels, New Zealand Greenshell mussels and Asian green mussels. The addition of BAP mussel farm standards represents a key advancement for the BAP program, as the new standards will be used as a template for broader mollusk farm … READ MORE “BAP Mussel Farm Standards Completed”