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10 Reasons to Buy BAP-Certified Seafood

  Buy with confidence.  Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is the world’s only aquaculture certification program that covers the entire production chain (hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants). BAP also has the most comprehensive standards, which cover environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety and animal health and welfare. The BAP program is endorsed by retailers all over the world. Currently, more than 180 retail and foodservice brands worldwide are publicly committed to sourcing seafood responsibly from BAP-certified facilities. For a full list of retailers and foodservice operators, visit our marketplace page. 100% Compliance is required to become certified.  To become BAP-certified, … READ MORE “10 Reasons to Buy BAP-Certified Seafood”

BAP Logo Policing Results Show 99% Compliance with Guidelines

For the last six quarters, the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has used a third-party crowdsourcing firm to perform in-store audits of BAP products in retail stores across the United States, Canada and Mexico as part of its logo policing program. This includes answering specific questions about each product regarding country of origin, BAP certification number and star status. The in-store audit also collects photographs of each product. This program was implemented to ensure that the BAP logo is being used properly according to the BAP Logo Use Guide and to gather additional data on products originating from … READ MORE “BAP Logo Policing Results Show 99% Compliance with Guidelines”

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Fishin’ Company-Sponsored Tilapia Farms Earn BAP Certification

Thirty-four tilapia farms in Hainan, China, recently earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. The Fishin’ Company, a leading tilapia supplier that is capable of offering four-star BAP tilapia, sponsored the farms to apply for BAP certification. “This is an exciting milestone in the industry’s journey toward worldwide four-star BAP tilapia” said Justin Baugh, director of sustainability for The Fishin’ Company. “Our team in China has been working tirelessly to see this initiative through. We are incredibly proud of the hard work the farmers put in to achieve certification.” Of the 34 tilapia farms, 32 were certified for the first time, … READ MORE “Fishin’ Company-Sponsored Tilapia Farms Earn BAP Certification”

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Public Comment Sought for Expanded Seafood Processing Standards

The Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) Seafood Processing Standards are now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on May 2. The 60-day public comment period ends on July 1. The GSA Seafood Processing Standards are the first and only seafood-specific processing plants standards for both farmed and wild seafood. Based on the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Seafood Processing Standards, the GSA Seafood Processing Standards are comprehensive in that they encompass all four pillars of responsibility — environmental responsibility, social responsibility, animal health and welfare, and food safety. News of the GSA Seafood Processing Standards surfaced last week at … READ MORE “Public Comment Sought for Expanded Seafood Processing Standards”

China’s Largest Retailer Commits to BAP for More Responsible Seafood

As leaders of promoting responsible seafood sourcing policies in the Chinese market, JD.com announced a commitment to Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) during Seafood Expo Global in Brussels on April 25. E-commerce platforms in China, like JD.com, are among the leaders in the marketplace for setting responsible seafood sourcing policies. In 2017, JD.com and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed an MOU at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston to begin cooperation by offering BAP products to JD’s online customers via its fresh food platform, JD Fresh. As a way of firmly establishing themselves as a globally recognized platform concerned … READ MORE “China’s Largest Retailer Commits to BAP for More Responsible Seafood”

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Mediterranean Sea Bass, Sea Bream Producer First to be Four-Star BAP

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased to announce that Luckyfish Co. of Turkey is the world’s first company eligible to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Mediterranean sea bass and sea bream. The announcement came on Day 1 of Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium, as Mike Berthet, BAP market development manager for Europe, presented Luckyfish CEO Ismail Aksoy with the company’s BAP certificates. Recently earning BAP certification were Luckyfish’s processing plant in Didim, Turkey; two farms in Muğla Kazıklı Bay, located near Didim; its hatchery in Milas, Turkey, and its feed mill, also in Didim. All four sets of … READ MORE “Mediterranean Sea Bass, Sea Bream Producer First to be Four-Star BAP”

New Zealand King Salmon

Feed Mill Certification Lifts New Zealand King Salmon To Four-Star BAP

New Zealand King Salmon is now eligible to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) salmon following the certification of its largest feed supplier, Skretting, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early April. Four stars is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program, indicating that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. New Zealand King Salmon is the world’s first king salmon company to earn the distinction. It’s also Australasia’s first salmon producer to offer four-star BAP salmon. The certification of Skretting’s feed mill in Tasmania came soon after New Zealand King Salmon … READ MORE “Feed Mill Certification Lifts New Zealand King Salmon To Four-Star BAP”