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Impressive January Sees 79 New BAP-Certified Facilities

Seventy-nine new processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification in January, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced. For the industry-leading BAP program, that’s the second highest monthly total to date, after November 2017’s total of 86 new facilities. January’s near-record sum comes as the number of BAP-certified facilities inches toward the 2,000-facility milestone, reaching 1,898 at the end of the month. Furthermore, of these facilities, 1,203 are farms, 398 are processing plants, 194 are hatcheries and 103 are feed mills. BAP-certified facilities also represent 32 countries and six continents. The BAP certification … READ MORE “Impressive January Sees 79 New BAP-Certified Facilities”

Pacific Seafood's Quilcene Bay oyster facility

Pacific Seafood is World’s First to Offer Four-Star BAP Oysters

Pacific Seafood, one of North America’s largest seafood companies, is the world’s first company to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) oysters. Four-star is the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. For “fed” species, it signifies that a product originated from a BAP-certified processing plant, was sourced from a BAP-certified farm, and has utilized seed and feed from BAP-certified hatcheries and feed mills. Oysters feed naturally on phytoplankton in the seawater, and therefore do not require feed from a feed mill, but because BAP’s mollusk farm standards contain many specifications for responsible stocking rates and monitoring of natural … READ MORE “Pacific Seafood is World’s First to Offer Four-Star BAP Oysters”

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GAA/BAP Exhibiting at 21st India International Seafood Show

The Global Aquaculture Alliance and its industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program is exhibiting at the 21st India International Seafood Show (IISS) in Goa, India, from Jan. 27 to 29. GAA/BAP is exhibiting in stand E77, and Panchu Duraisamy, BAP country coordinator for India, will be in attendance. This year, IISS features more than 135 exhibitors representing multiple industry segments, including processing, importing and exporting, wholesaling, distribution, equipment and services, government and NGOs, for both wild fisheries and aquaculture. Also in attendance are some of the region’s leading retail and foodservice seafood buyers. Established in Mumbai in 1973, … READ MORE “GAA/BAP Exhibiting at 21st India International Seafood Show”

Dr. Oz and tilapia aquaculture

GAA Responds to Misleading Report on Tilapia Aquaculture

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) submits the following response to the segment titled “Supermarket Seafood: What You Need to Know About the World’s Most Affordable and Widely Available Fish,” which aired on The Dr. Oz Show on Nov. 2. Though GAA appreciates that its industry-leading third-party certification program, Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), was cited in the segment, we respectfully disagree with the way the segment portrayed the tilapia-farming and -processing industry. “It is unfortunate that someone as prominent as Dr. Oz is telling Americans to avoid certain kinds of seafood, specifically Chinese tilapia. Statements like this just cause confusion and tend to … READ MORE “GAA Responds to Misleading Report on Tilapia Aquaculture”

GAA, BAP Make Splash at China Seafood & Fisheries Expo

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) held its first ever China Marketplace Forum at the 2017 China Seafood & Fisheries Expo in Qingdao on Nov. 1. The forum, which was attended by more than 100 people, highlighted GAA’s efforts to promote responsible aquaculture in China through its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. GAA CFO/COO Jeff Fort opened the forum by giving an overview of GAA, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He highlighted that the BAP program recently became the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). He also … READ MORE “GAA, BAP Make Splash at China Seafood & Fisheries Expo”

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Lima To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division invites new auditor candidates and returning auditors requiring refresher training to attend a BAP auditor training course in Lima, Peru, from Feb. 4 to 10, 2018. The course is also open to industry observers, including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders who wish to learn more about the BAP certification standards and auditing process. The course will cover all BAP standards: • Seafood Processing Standards: Issue 4, Rev 2, December 2015 • Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standards: Issue 2, Revision 3 November 2016 • Mollusk Farm Standards: Standard Version … READ MORE “Lima To Host Next BAP Auditor Training Course”

MacKnight smoked salmon in salmon smokehouse

BAP Certifies North American Salmon Smokehouse

Congratulations to The MacKnight Food Group. The company’s smoked salmon processing plant in Miami, Florida, has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late October. The 15,000-square-foot Miami facility is one of four processing plants owned and operated by the privately owned company. The secondary processing plant produces smoked salmon products, which are then shipped to retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States. MacKnight produces a wide variety of smoked salmon products using Atlantic salmon farmed in Scotland, Norway and Chile, including smoked salmon sides, sliced smoked salmon, smoked salmon fleurettes, smoked salmon … READ MORE “BAP Certifies North American Salmon Smokehouse”