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BAP Processing Standards Benchmarked Against GFSI

May, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) seafood processing plant standards have been successfully benchmarked against the latest Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety requirements. GFSI made the announcement on May 16. The BAP standards now align with GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, which according to GFSI represents an upgrade from the previous edition in that the requirements for program management were strengthened and the document was expanded to cover primary production, processing and supporting activities more robustly. The BAP seafood processing plant standards were originally benchmarked against GFSI Guidance Document Fifth Edition in June … READ MORE “BAP Processing Standards Benchmarked Against GFSI”

New BAP Hatchery Standards Completed

September, 2014 The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has expanded its coverage with the completion of new BAP hatchery and nursery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks. The addition of the BAP hatchery standards represents a key advancement for the BAP program, as they allow companies to pursue four-star designation for all species covered by the BAP program. “We are very proud to announce the release of the new BAP hatchery standards,” said Peter Redmond, BAP vice president of market development. “This now enables our partners to become four-star certified across the aquaculture sector. It’s a massive enhancement … READ MORE “New BAP Hatchery Standards Completed”

For BAP Program, A Year Of Growth, Accomplishments, Milestones

January, 2015 For the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program, 2014 was marked with growth, accomplishments and milestones. The BAP program experienced year-on-year growth in 2014, in terms of the volume of product originating from BAP-certified facilities and the number of BAP-certified facilities. The annual output from BAP-certified processing plants totaled 1.43 million metric tons through Dec. 31, 2014, up 2.7% from Dec. 31, 2013. The number of BAP-certified facilities totaled 701 as of Dec. 31, 2014, up from 648 facilities a year ago. The total includes 271 processing plants (up 23 units from a year … READ MORE “For BAP Program, A Year Of Growth, Accomplishments, Milestones”

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”