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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”



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?”