The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Seafarms Group Ltd. is the first Australian prawn company to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification across its entire aquaculture production chain.
Seafarms is one of Australia’s largest producers of farmed prawns operating across four locations in northern Australia. The company’s annual production is around 1,500 tons and is distributed and sold nationally as Crystal Bay® prawns.
BAP certification has been awarded across all Seafarms’ Queensland facilities, including its hatchery at Innisfail, its farms at Cardwell and Ingham, and its processing plant at Cardwell. Additionally, Seafarms sources feed from a BAP-certified feed mill, earning Seafarms four-star BAP status.
Four stars is the highest designation in the BAP program, the world’s largest and most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program. In addition to certifying each of the four levels of the aquaculture production chain, the BAP program encompasses the full spectrum of sustainability — environmental responsibility, social accountability, food safety and animal health and welfare.
“This certification is recognition of Seafarms commitment to sustainability throughout our supply chain and enables consumers of Crystal Bay® Prawns to enjoy our delicious prawns, knowing that they have been safely and sustainably grown to the highest international standards,” said Seafarms Chief Operating Officer Dallas Donovan.
“We on the BAP team are very excited to partner with Seafarms to bring Seafarms into our responsible aquaculture program as the very first Australian prawn farmer to offer product certified across their entire production chain,” said Kent Inglis, BAP Market Development Manager in Australia and New Zealand.
Added GAA President George Chamberlain, “This is an important milestone, not only for Seafarms and Australia, but for consumers and the planet. Markets all around the world, including in Australia, are now implementing responsible seafood sourcing policies and Seafarms is showing that they are ready and willing to meet that growing market demand.”
Through March, there were 2,344 BAP-certified facilities worldwide, including 407 BAP-salmon farm sites and 40 BAP-certified salmon processing plants.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, BAP is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously-improved standards. BAP standards cover the entire aquaculture supply chain and assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
About Seafarms Group
Seafarms Group Limited (ASX:SFG) is a sustainable aquaculture company, producing the premium Crystal Bay® Prawns and developing the Project Sea Dragon prawn aquaculture project in northern Australia. Seafarms Group uses environmentally sustainable processes and is currently Australia’s largest producer of farmed prawns, its Crystal Bay® Prawns and Crystal Bay® Tigers are available year round in fresh and frozen formats. To learn more please visit www.crystalbayprawns.com.au.
Seafarms Group is investing in sustainable aquaculture for export through Project Sea Dragon, a large-scale, vertically integrated, land-based, prawn aquaculture project being developed in northern Australia. The standalone marine prawn production system will be capable of annually producing over 150,000 tonnes of prawns and the high-quality, year-round volumes will target export markets. To learn more please visit www.seafarms.com.au.