Best Aquaculture Practices

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BAP Releases New Version of Logo Use Requirements

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program recently released a new version of the Logo Use Requirements document, which contains a few significant changes from the previous version. Moving forward, the star-status logo will no longer be required to use the BAP logo on pack. Producers and endorsers will still be able to use the star-status logo to highlight that the product is part of a multi-star production chain and the added assurances that come with each facility in the production chain attaining BAP certification. We recognize that there was a need for additional options as our endorsers, and producers have … READ MORE “BAP Releases New Version of Logo Use Requirements”



Mollusk Farm Standard Issue 1.1 Now Mandatory

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Mollusk Farm Standard Issue 1.1, which replaces Issue 1.0, is now mandatory for all new and recertifying producers. The most significant changes made to Issue 1.1 are as follows: ° The scope of the BAP Mollusk Farm Standard has changed, removing “fed” species of mollusks (such as whelks and abalone), which will now be covered in the new BAP Farm Standard. ° The scope of the BAP Mollusk Farm Standard now also includes extensively farmed sea cucumbers (Holothurian echinoderms). ° The scope of the BAP Mollusk Farm Standard does not include intensive land-based or floating … READ MORE “Mollusk Farm Standard Issue 1.1 Now Mandatory”



BAP Launches Producer ‘Splash Pages’ on Website

BAP recently launched “splash pages” on the producer page of the BAP website as an added benefit to certified producers. These are drop-down tabs that provide additional information about producers by clicking on the facility name. These tabs provide a place for producers to list information such as marketing and sales contacts and a link to their downloadable BAP certificate. This initiative helps connect certified producers to buyers in the marketplace.  Said Molly Jacques, BAP director of market development operations, “Our producer partners work very hard to provide responsible seafood under the BAP standards. We wanted to offer them another way to highlight their hard … READ MORE “BAP Launches Producer ‘Splash Pages’ on Website”



First Facilities Certified to BAP Chain of Custody Standard

Three U.S.-based seafood production facilities have become the first to be certified to the new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard. East Coast Seafood has successfully certified three of its facilities — Seatrade in New Bedford and Lakeville, Mass., as well as Maine Fair Trade in Prospect Harbor, Maine. Said Denise Gurshin, BAP market development manager, “We are so pleased to have East Coast Seafood successfully certify their three facilities to the BAP Chain of Custody Standard. This standard is an option for those facilities that meet the BAP CoC requirements and simply re-label or re-pack BAP … READ MORE “First Facilities Certified to BAP Chain of Custody Standard”



Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is Norway’s First Salmon Farm to Earn BAP Certification

Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett, known in the United States as Kvarøy Arctic, is Norway’s first salmon farm to be awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early September.   Based on Norway’s Kvarøy Island in the Arctic Circle, Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is a third-generation family business founded in 1976. Two of the company’s salmon farm sites, Movikodden and Selsøyvær, have attained BAP certification, making them the first aquaculture farms of any kind in Norway to earn the designation. Kvarøy Arctic salmon products (whole fish, fillets, portions, frozen fish, skin packs, retail frozen packs, burgers and hot dogs) are currently available at regional distributors throughout … READ MORE “Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is Norway’s First Salmon Farm to Earn BAP Certification”



How do BAP Standards Address Animal Health and Welfare?

Animal health and welfare is one of the core pillars of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program and is critical to delivering responsibly farmed seafood. There are a variety of factors that are considered when ensuring proper care is taken of the animals throughout the aquaculture production chain. These factors include stocking density, disease control, water quality, transportation methods and slaughter methods. The BAP standards address these issues and standards, and 100% compliance is required by producers in order to receive a certificate. The BAP standards are continuously revised as new information is developed and validated. Here are … READ MORE “How do BAP Standards Address Animal Health and Welfare?”



Public Comment Sought on New BAP Farm Standard

Issue 3.0 of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Farm Standard is now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on July 27. The 60-day public comment period expires on Sept. 26. The renamed BAP Farm Standard replaces Issue 2.4 of the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standard, released on May 23, 2017. The new standard now covers all eligible fed aquaculture species, but BAP will continue to maintain a separate farm standard for salmonids raised in marine net pens. Unfed mollusk species such as mussels and oysters will continue to be covered under the BAP Mollusk Standard.   The new … READ MORE “Public Comment Sought on New BAP Farm Standard”