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MoU With Rubicon To Accelerate Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp

Approximately 285 shrimp farms in India and Thailand will be encouraged to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance and Rubicon Resources in early February. The MoU is intended to accelerate and grow the availability of four-star BAP shrimp. Four star denotes that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. With guidance, training and support from GAA and Rubicon, 100 Indian farms and 185 Thai farms will enroll in GAA’s iBAP improvement program to make the enhancements necessary to apply for … READ MORE “MoU With Rubicon To Accelerate Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp”

Canada Recognizes Role Of Third-Party Certification Schemes

The Global Aquaculture Alliance commends the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for enacting a policy fortifying the value of voluntary third-party certification schemes like the Best Aquaculture Practices. The policy enables CFIA to use the outcome of a third-party audit on an aquaculture facility or other food facility to guide its risk-based inspection activities, recognizing voluntary third-party certification schemes as a resource in ensuring public safety. BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability. The scheme incorporates the entire aquaculture production chain, from processing plants … READ MORE “Canada Recognizes Role Of Third-Party Certification Schemes”

MoU With National Fish To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp

In an effort to grow the availability of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Fish & Seafood and Minh Phu Seafood Corporation in which approximately 800 shrimp farms in Vietnam will be encouraged to attain BAP certification. National Fish & Seafood committed to provide the education, support and funding necessary for the farms, which are operated by Minh Phu, to enroll in GAA’s iBAP improvement program and make the improvements necessary to apply for BAP certification as groups or as an integrated operating module (IOM). Upon enrolling … READ MORE “MoU With National Fish To Boost Availability Of Four-Star BAP Shrimp”

GAA Supports Thailand In Fight Against Labor Abuse

The Global Aquaculture Alliance commends Thailand for taking additional steps to prevent labor abuse in seafood supply chain. The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., announced on Feb. 1 that progress has been made recently, zeroing in on three accomplishments: 1) Thailand’s Ministry of Labor Regulation’s prohibition on persons under 18 years old working in seafood processing plants went into effect on Jan. 14. 2) The Cabinet of Thailand on Dec. 29 approved the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Regulation on the Safety, Hygiene and Well-Being of Seaman, intending to improve working conditions aboard fishing vessels. 3) A coalition of … READ MORE “GAA Supports Thailand In Fight Against Labor Abuse”

MoU With Saudi Arabia Sets BAP As National Standard

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Aquaculture Society (SAS) in which the country’s aquaculture facilities will be required to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Pictured from left to right at the Jan. 27 MoU signing in Yanbu, Saudi  Arabia, are GAA President George Chamberlain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Minister of Agriculture H.E Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Muhsen Al-Fadhly and SAS Chairman Engr. Ahmad R. Al-Ballaa. SAS and the Aquaculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (ADMA) understand that aquaculture can be expanded in Saudi … READ MORE “MoU With Saudi Arabia Sets BAP As National Standard”

Chilean Farms First To Complete Multi-Site Zone Cluster Program

Marine Harvest Chile has completed the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) new multi-site zone cluster program, resulting in nine of its salmon farm sites and two of its processing plants attaining BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early February. Thanks to the biosecurity measures implemented by Chile’s regulatory authorities, the BAP multi-site zone cluster program is an ideal fit for Chile’s salmon and mussel facilities. The program allows an applicant with multiple farm sites in a federally set zone, also known as a “barrio,” or neighborhood, to apply for BAP certification for more than one site at a time. In … READ MORE “Chilean Farms First To Complete Multi-Site Zone Cluster Program”

WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018

As part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy, WinCo Foods has committed to sourcing three-star and four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) product, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late January. The U.S. supermarket company has committed to sourcing 100% three-star BAP product by the end of 2016 and 100% four-star BAP product by the end of 2017, meaning that 100% of its farmed seafood would originate from BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program. “We at WinCo Foods are committed to the goal of providing the highest quality … READ MORE “WinCo Foods Commits To Four-Star BAP By 2018”