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China’s Hema Fresh Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hema Fresh whereby the Chinese supermarket chain has incorporated GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) into its sustainable seafood sourcing policy for its private label brand, Difresco. Hema Fresh, which is owned by Alibaba, has committed to sourcing BAP shrimp and pangasius and promoting the third-party certification program across its online and offline channels. Hema Fresh operates 160 brick-and-mortar stores throughout China and is part of the emerging “new retail” trend converging online and offline grocery shopping whereby groceries are delivered to customers’ homes or customers dine at one … READ MORE “China’s Hema Fresh Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood”

BAP Adds 156 New Facilities in First Quarter of 2019

The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program added 156 new facilities to the program in the first quarter of 2019, ending with a total of 2,430 facilities in 34 countries and six continents. Of the 2,430 BAP-certified facilities, 1,642 are farms, 379 are processing plants, 44 are re-processing plants, 240 are hatcheries and 125 are feed mills. The 1,642 farms represent about 1.65 million metric tons of production annually. In addition to the program continuing its growth, there was also a first in the first quarter — Sri Lanka’s first BAP-certified farm, Oceanpick Pvt. Ltd. Demonstrating the industry’s … READ MORE “BAP Adds 156 New Facilities in First Quarter of 2019”

BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program’s “Spotlight Series” highlights BAP-certified producers around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features DATAJ Aquafarm Inc., a shrimp farm in the Philippines. Questions answered by Marian Cristi Tamayo, President of DATAJ. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? There are several considerations to describe my inspiration to becoming involved in the seafood industry. First is family. It is my grandfather who is a farmer and a fisherman, and that ignited everything. It is through farming and fishing that he fed his family, including my father Danilo … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.”

China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is proud to announce that Hisealink, a leading global food sourcing and distribution network for restaurants and hotels across China, is incorporating GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program into its sustainable seafood sourcing policy. Hisealink and its purchasing and trading platform, Fresh Food Smart Choice, are pledging to preferentially source seafood from BAP-certified facilities for its network of more than 1,000 restaurants and five-star hotels in 300 cities across China. Hisealink has always been dedicated to providing its customers with high quality, safe food. Food safety is a key component of the BAP program, … READ MORE “China’s Hisealink Commits to Sourcing BAP Seafood”

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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”

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”

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”