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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”



BAP Extends Deadline to Transition to New Logo

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program has decided to extend its original deadline for producers and partners to transition over to the new logo design, introduced last year. As many companies have had unforeseen challenges this year with addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision was made to help mitigate any additional inconveniences brought about by the logo change-over. Users of the BAP logo now have until January 1, 2021 to make the transition to the new logo design (the original deadline was in October of 2020). Producers who have packaging with the old design that needs to be used may … READ MORE “BAP Extends Deadline to Transition to New Logo”



How do BAP Standards Address Food Safety?

June 7th marks World Food Safety Day, a day declared by the United Nations to draw global attention to the health consequences of contaminated food and water. At Best Aquaculture Practices, ensuring that farmed seafood is produced safely is something we take very seriously – in fact, food safety is one of the core pillars of the BAP program. Seafood – both wild and farmed – is considered some of the safest and most nutritious. However, as with any food production for human consumption, there are food safety hazards associated with producing seafood, and that’s what BAP standards aim to … READ MORE “How do BAP Standards Address Food Safety?”



How Do BAP Standards Address Environmental Responsibility?

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. The challenges and opportunities posed by climate change have made it the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. One of the greatest threats posed by climate change is global food security. Aquaculture and Food Security There will be an estimated 9.8 billion people on the planet by 2050, and with an increasing population comes an increasing demand for food. In fact, in just three decades, it’s estimated that we’ll need 70 percent more food than we do today to feed the world’s … READ MORE “How Do BAP Standards Address Environmental Responsibility?”



BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm

As part of its producer spotlight initiative, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program released a new video featuring BAP-certified producer Ideal Fish. Launched in 2013, Ideal Fish is uses a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to raise branzino, or European sea bass. The 63,000-square-foot facility is located in Waterbury, Conn., within close proximity to the major metropolitan U.S. East Coast markets. The video shines a light on the state-of-the-art RAS technology as well as Ideal Fish’s traceability initiatives and why they chose to get BAP certified. Says President and CEO Eric Pederson, “We were very interested from the beginning of the development of … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video Featuring RAS Branzino Farm”



BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood

Since 2009, the United Nations (UN) has observed the World Day of Social Justice annually on the 20th of February. This year, the UN chose to focus on closing the inequalities gap worldwide: “We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality, or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove the barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” From fishers to farmers to processors, inequality impacts the employees that compose the backbone of the global seafood industry. When we increase equality, we increase an individual’s … READ MORE “BAP is Taking a Stand Against Inequality in Seafood”

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BAP Certification Program Grows 15 Percent in 2019

The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program grew more than 15 percent in 2019, ending the year with 2,681 BAP-certified facilities in 39 countries, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-January. Of the 2,681 BAP-certified facilities, 1,833 are farms, 388 are processing plants, 49 are re-processors, 279 are hatcheries and 132 are feed mills. The 2,681 facilities represent 33 seafood species. The 1,533 farms account for more than 2 million metric tons of annual production, the first time that the BAP program has topped 2 million metric tons at the farm level. That’s up an impressive 35.5 percent from … READ MORE “BAP Certification Program Grows 15 Percent in 2019”