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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”

New BAP Multi-Species Farm Standards Completed

April, 2013 The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the leading standards-setting organization for farmed seafood, has expanded the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program with the completion of new BAP standards for finfish and crustacean farms. The new multi-species farm standards apply to all types of production systems for finfish and crustaceans, excluding cage-raised salmonids, for which separate BAP standards exist. The standards that they’re replacing were separately tailored for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, Pangasius and catfish. The addition of the new multi-species farm standards represents a significant advancement for the BAP program, as it opens up the program to a number … READ MORE “New BAP Multi-Species Farm Standards Completed”

BAP To Undergo GSSI Pilot Testing Program

May, 2014 The Global Aquaculture Alliance has accepted an invitation from the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to participate in a GSSI pilot testing program to be conducted in the latter half of 2014. The announcement came at the open of Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, on May 6. GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices is the first certification scheme to publicly accept GSSI’s invitation. GSSI is a global sustainability benchmarking organization founded in 2013. The pilot testing program is designed to test and validate the GSSI benchmarking process as credible, achievable, verifiable and practical, and to create awareness and prepare participating … READ MORE “BAP To Undergo GSSI Pilot Testing Program”

Vietnam BAP Farmed Pangasius Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’

October, 2014 Two-star, three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pangasius standards of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) certified in Vietnam are equivalent to a yellow “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Seafood Watch will recommend that consumers, chefs and businesses consider farmed pangasius assessed under the BAP standards as a good alternative purchasing option. The determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff. The process of benchmarking existing eco-certification programs against Seafood Watch criteria began more than two years ago when … READ MORE “Vietnam BAP Farmed Pangasius Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’”

BAP Farmed Shrimp Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’

April, 2014 Two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp standards of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) are equivalent to a yellow “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. Seafood Watch will recommend that consumers, chefs and businesses consider farmed shrimp assessed under the BAP standards as a “buy” option. The determination came after an extensive evaluation of BAP farm standards for finfish and crustaceans conducted by the Seafood Watch science staff. The process of benchmarking existing eco-certification programs against Seafood Watch criteria began more than two years ago when Seafood Watch business partners sought guidance in navigating … READ MORE “BAP Farmed Shrimp Equivalent to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® ‘Good Alternative’”