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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”

Luckyfish sea bream

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”

BAP’s supply chain transparency program

Consultants Sought to Assess Social Impact of BAP Certification

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to assess the social impact of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Social accountability is a core pillar of the BAP third-party certification program and a critical component of responsible aquaculture production. To gain greater knowledge and understanding of what drives social change in aquaculture, GAA is calling for an independent team of consultants to evaluate the social impact of the BAP certification. The goal of the study is to better understand how BAP’s social and labor standards are applied and how they impact practices among seafood … READ MORE “Consultants Sought to Assess Social Impact of BAP Certification”

BAP seafood on display

BAP Milestone: 2,000th Aquaculture Facility Certified

  The industry-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has reached a milestone, surpassing the 2,000-facility mark. There are now more than 2,000 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 33 countries and six continents. Administered by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), the BAP program is growing by leaps and bounds, more than doubling in size in the past two years, from about 700 facilities at the end of 2015 to 1,500-plus facilities by the end of 2016 to 1,850 facilities at the end of 2017. The BAP program officially hit the 2,000-facility mark during last week’s … READ MORE “BAP Milestone: 2,000th Aquaculture Facility Certified”

Bantry Bay Mussels BAP

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”