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Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 2,155

With the first 10 months of 2018 in the books, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce that the number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities is up 21.2 percent this year. There were 2,155 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills at the end of October, including 1,451 farms, 372 processing plants, 217 hatcheries and 115 feed mills. That’s up from 1,778 BAP-certified facilities at the end of 2017. The 1,451 farms produce 1.5 million metric tons of seafood annually. At the end of 2017, there were 1,137 BAP-certified farms producing 1.2 million metric tons of seafood annually. … READ MORE “Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Hits 2,155”

Seafood Processing Plant Standards Benchmarked Against Latest Version of GFSI

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) seafood processing plant standards have been successfully benchmarked against the latest version of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food-safety requirements, GFSI announced on Nov. 6. The seafood processing plant standards now align with Version 7.1 of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. GFSI is continually evolving its benchmarking requirements to reflect the latest best practices and stakeholder input. GFSI published Version 7.1 last year. The standards were originally benchmarked against GFSI Benchmarking Requirements in June 2010. They were first benchmarked against the fifth edition of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements in 2011 and again against the sixth edition in … READ MORE “Seafood Processing Plant Standards Benchmarked Against Latest Version of GFSI”

Scottish Salmon Company

Two Stars for The Scottish Salmon Company

With the certification of two of its processing plants, The Scottish Salmon Company is the first salmon producer in the United Kingdom eligible to offer two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) salmon. The company’s processing plants at Marybank in Stornoway and at Loch Fyne in Cairndow. This announcement comes about six months after The Scottish Salmon Company became the UK’s first salmon producer to be awarded BAP certification for all its marine farm sites, which total 46. “Our processing facilities at Marybank and Cairndow are incredibly important to our operations. To be awarded a two-star certification just six months after our … READ MORE “Two Stars for The Scottish Salmon Company”

BAP Auditor Training Course in Bali Draws 50-Plus Attendees

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held a successful BAP auditor training course at the Courtyard Marriott Nusa Dua Resort in Bali, Indonesia, from Oct. 21 to 27. The course attracted a total of 53 attendees, including 16 new auditors, 22 returning auditors and 15 industry observers, in addition to seven instructors and BAP staff members. Attendees came from Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States. The soon-to-be-released Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) seafood processing standards — the first and only seafood-specific processing plants standards for … READ MORE “BAP Auditor Training Course in Bali Draws 50-Plus Attendees”

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”