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BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program’s “Spotlight Series” highlights BAP-certified producers around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features DATAJ Aquafarm Inc., a shrimp farm in the Philippines. Questions answered by Marian Cristi Tamayo, President of DATAJ. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? There are several considerations to describe my inspiration to becoming involved in the seafood industry. First is family. It is my grandfather who is a farmer and a fisherman, and that ignited everything. It is through farming and fishing that he fed his family, including my father Danilo … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.”

BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Program’s “Spotlight Stories” highlight BAP-certified facilities around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features Humpty Doo Barramundi, a family-owned barramundi business in Australia. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? The family behind Humpty Doo Barramundi was inspired to join the seafood industry because we are passionate about fish — catching fish, eating fish and now farming fish! While we now spend more time growing fish than catching it, we still enjoy eating our saltwater barramundi. Bob and Dan Richards, the father-son duo actively involved … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: Humpty Doo Barramundi”

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018

It’s official. The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program closed out 2018 on a high note, finishing up the year with 2,287 BAP-certified facilities worldwide. Of the 2,287 BAP-certified facilities, 1,534 are farms, 370 are processing plants, 45 are re-processing plants, 220 are hatcheries and 118 are feed mills. Additionally, there are 245 farms that were previously BAP-certified but are currently in fallow. The 1,500-plus farms represent more than 1.5 million metric tons of production annually. Demonstrating the industry’s long-term commitment to responsible aquaculture, the BAP program has more than tripled in size in the past four years, growing from … READ MORE “BAP Program Grows 29 Percent in 2018”

How Does BAP Develop a Standard?

BAP is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party certification program for the fastest growing food-production sector, aquaculture. Creating standards that are robust yet able to adapt as best practices in aquaculture is a challenging job. The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) and the BAP technical committees work tirelessly to ensure the aquaculture industry rises to the highest level of food safety, animal welfare, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Stakeholder engagement, consensus and transparency define the BAP standards development process. Ten years ago, GAA created the Standards Oversight Committee (SOC), a 12-member group tasked with overseeing the … READ MORE “How Does BAP Develop a Standard?”

BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program recently released a new video that introduces consumers to aquaculture and the BAP program. The video stems from a partnership with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to increase awareness around responsible aquaculture practices, sustainable feed, and the BAP label. It is available in both English and Spanish. The video provides a brief overview of what aquaculture is and why it’s needed, and features two BAP-certified facilities, Acuicola Gemso Tilapia farm and Vimifos Feed Mill in Mexico. Says Juan Atnonio Loustaunau, Facility Manager of Acuicola Gemso, “For Gemso, quality is very important, and not just … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification”

BAP Launches Video Featuring Gemso Tilapia Farm

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program recently launched a new video featuring BAP-certified Acuicuola Gemso tilapia farm in Sonora, Mexico. The video stems from a partnership with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to increase awareness of responsible aquaculture, the BAP certification program and sustainable feed. Gemso obtained BAP certification in 2014, demonstrating its commitment to responsible and sustainable aquaculture practices. Gemso is a great example of a BAP-certified facility that not only uses responsible aquaculture practices but also has had a positive impact on its local community. Gemso is located in the mountains in Sonora, an extremely rural area where … READ MORE “BAP Launches Video Featuring Gemso Tilapia Farm”

First European Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification

Offshore Shellfish Ltd., which operates the United Kingdom’s first large-scale, offshore rope-cultured mussel farm, recently obtained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in early September. It is the first mussel farm in Europe to earn this distinction. Offshore Shellfish is a family-run business that grows the native blue mussel offshore in the waters of Lyme Bay, South Devon. “We are very proud to have achieved the high standard required for BAP certification, and it is a testament to the dedicated and conscientious work of our crews at sea, the management team onshore and the environmental … READ MORE “First European Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification”