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BAP Staff Spotlight: Michail Bilek

Tell us a little about your background – where did you go to school? What was your major? I became interested in marine life at a young age going to Mystic aquarium, I wanted to study marine biology in high school and then went to UNE for Ocean Studies and Marine Affairs. I’m now going back for my masters in Ocean and Food Systems. Why are you passionate about this industry? I love working in an industry that in the face of climate change, will be very important in how we feed people around the world. Aquaculture has been known … READ MORE “BAP Staff Spotlight: Michail Bilek”

How Does BAP Develop a Standard?

BAP is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party certification program for the fastest growing food-production sector, aquaculture. Creating standards that are robust yet able to adapt as best practices in aquaculture is a challenging job. The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) and the BAP technical committees work tirelessly to ensure the aquaculture industry rises to the highest level of food safety, animal welfare, social accountability and environmental stewardship. Stakeholder engagement, consensus and transparency define the BAP standards development process. Ten years ago, GAA created the Standards Oversight Committee (SOC), a 12-member group tasked with overseeing the … READ MORE “How Does BAP Develop a Standard?”

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”

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”

Yonghui Yunshang

GAA, Yonghui Yunshang Agree to Promote Responsible Aquaculture in China

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce that it has inked a strategic agreement with Yonghui Fuping Yunshang Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd., one of China’s leading suppliers of fresh food to retail, whereby the two organizations will work closely together to promote responsible aquaculture and product originating from GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program as well as to improve the transparency, safety and sustainability of the farmed seafood supply chain. As part of the agreement, Yonghui Yunshang will prioritize the procurement of product originating from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills as part of … READ MORE “GAA, Yonghui Yunshang Agree to Promote Responsible Aquaculture in China”