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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”



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 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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GSSI Approves ‘Continued Recognition’ of BAP Finfish & Crustacean Farm Standards, Salmon Farm Standards

Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) on Oct. 28 announced that the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program has been recommended for continued recognition for its Finfish & Crustacean Farm Standards (Issue 2.4) and its Salmon Farm Standards (Issue 2.3) following the completion of GSSI’s Monitoring of Continued Alignment procedure. As part of the MOCA procedure, the scheme provides an overview of any changes in its ownership, management or the standards themselves, and the report is reviewed by independent experts, who then make a recommendation on continued recognition of the scheme. For the BAP Finfish & Crustacean Farm Standards and BAP … READ MORE “GSSI Approves ‘Continued Recognition’ of BAP Finfish & Crustacean Farm Standards, Salmon Farm Standards”

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Santiago, Chile, to Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division is holding its next BAP auditor training course at the Santiago Marriott Hotel in Santiago, Chile, from April 7 to 12, 2019. New auditors, returning auditors and industry observers are encouraged to participate. The course will cover the new seafood processing standards as well as the BAP standards for farms (including finfish and crustaceans, mollusks, and salmon), hatcheries and feed mills. The course will be taught by Greg Brown, BAP program integrity manager; Ken Corpron, BAP program integrity analyst; Guy Ewing, a seafood processing specialist; Jeff Peterson, BAP program integrity … READ MORE “Santiago, Chile, to Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course”

BAP Lima Auditor Training Course

Two BAP Auditor Training Courses Added to 2018 Schedule

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division in early March announced the addition of two BAP auditor training courses to the 2018 schedule. The first course will be held at GAA’s new headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from June 24 to 30, and the second course will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua Resort in Bali, Indonesia, from Oct. 21 to 27. New auditor candidates and existing auditors requiring refresher training are welcome to attend both courses. The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who … READ MORE “Two BAP Auditor Training Courses Added to 2018 Schedule”