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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”

Lima Auditor Training Course Draws 41 Attendees

The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held a successful BAP auditor training course at the Crowne Plaza Lima in Lima, Peru, from Feb. 4 to 10. The course had a total of 41 attendees, including 26 auditors (18 of whom are new to the BAP program) and seven industry observers. Participants traveled from all over the world to attend the course, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Scotland and Vietnam. The course covered the BAP standards for processing plants, hatcheries, farms and feed mills. The course also included an update on a major tilapia producer … READ MORE “Lima Auditor Training Course Draws 41 Attendees”

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”

BAP’s supply chain transparency program

Impressive Year as Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Nears 1,800

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities jumped 3.3 percent from October to November but fell just shy of 1,800 through the first 10 months of 2017, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in mid-November. It’s been an impressive year of growth for the BAP third-party certification program, with the number BAP-certified facilities hitting 1,794 through the first 10 months of this year, a 15 percent jump from the end of last year. Of the 1,794 BAP-certified facilities, 1,084 are farms, 430 are processing plants, 186 are hatcheries and 94 are feed mills, located in 31 countries and six continents. … READ MORE “Impressive Year as Number of BAP-Certified Facilities Nears 1,800”

Four Stars for Open Blue Cobia

Congratulations to Open Blue Sea Farm Panama S.A., the world’s first company capable of offering four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) cobia. The company became eligible to offer four-star BAP cobia upon confirmation that it purchases feed from two BAP-certified feed mills, Biomar Aquacorporation Products S.A. in Costa Rica and Vitapro S.A. in Peru. The announcement comes less than seven months after Open Blue announced that its processing plant, farm and hatchery had attained BAP certification. The company is the first cobia producer to apply for and earn BAP certification. Four-star is the highest designation in the BAP program, signifying that … READ MORE “Four Stars for Open Blue Cobia”

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”

BAP pillars of responsible aquaculture

Best Aquaculture Practices and the Four Pillars of Responsible Aquaculture

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) pillars of responsible aquaculture are the foundation of our certification program aquaculture standards—guiding all the work that we do within the seafood industry to keep it moving forward in a responsible and sustainable fashion.