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 Group Ltd. in 2009. The company supplies its barramundi products to seafood wholesalers across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, in addition to retail giants Coles and Woolworths.
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain—farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills—that 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.