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How do BAP Standards Help Protect the Environment?

April is Earth Month, a time to reflect on the health of our planet. Earth Day, the 22nd, is especially a time to think about how our choices affect the environment and what we can do to lessen our impact. At Best Aquaculture Practices, this is something we think about each and every day. Many of our goals as a program are in line with those of the Earth Day movement. Environmental responsibility is one of the core pillars of the BAP standards. Since the BAP program was established in 2002, we’ve helped thousands of aquaculture producers worldwide improve their … READ MORE “How do BAP Standards Help Protect the Environment?”

BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program’s “Spotlight Series” highlights BAP-certified producers around the world and the stories of the people behind them. This Spotlight Story features DATAJ Aquafarm Inc., a shrimp farm in the Philippines. Questions answered by Marian Cristi Tamayo, President of DATAJ. What inspired you to become involved in the seafood industry? There are several considerations to describe my inspiration to becoming involved in the seafood industry. First is family. It is my grandfather who is a farmer and a fisherman, and that ignited everything. It is through farming and fishing that he fed his family, including my father Danilo … READ MORE “BAP Spotlight Story: DATAJ Aquafarm Inc.”

BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program recently released a new video that introduces consumers to aquaculture and the BAP program. The video stems from a partnership with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to increase awareness around responsible aquaculture practices, sustainable feed, and the BAP label. It is available in both English and Spanish. The video provides a brief overview of what aquaculture is and why it’s needed, and features two BAP-certified facilities, Acuicola Gemso Tilapia farm and Vimifos Feed Mill in Mexico. Says Juan Atnonio Loustaunau, Facility Manager of Acuicola Gemso, “For Gemso, quality is very important, and not just … READ MORE “BAP Releases Video on Aquaculture and Certification”

Choose Certified Seafood for World Oceans Day

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global day of celebration and collaboration established to create a better future for the world’s oceans. The oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. They cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and contain 97% of the world’s water. They also produce half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and support the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Oceans are also the planet’s largest carbon reservoir, holding up to 54 times more carbon than the atmosphere! Not to mention they’re a primary source of the world’s food. More than 3.5 billion people around the world … READ MORE “Choose Certified Seafood for World Oceans Day”

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 Biosecurity Area Management Standards Available for Public Comment

The 60-day public comment period for the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) biosecurity area management standards, released in late November, has been extended by 14 days, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has announced. The new deadline to submit comments is Feb. 12, 2017. The new standards focus primarily on the prevention and control of pathogenic organisms and the diseases they cause through the implementation of cohesive area-wide management. The standards apply to groups of cooperating farms that nurture a collective, risk-mitigating model of good governance across a defined aquaculture area. They are not species-specific and cover all production methods, including flow-through, partial exchange, … READ MORE “BAP Biosecurity Area Management Standards Available for Public Comment”

BAP Steps Up Logo-Policing Program

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program has stepped up its logo-policing program with the deployment of a data-collection application to ensure that the BAP logo is being used properly on retail-ready packaging, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early November. The BAP program integrity team has tapped Field Agent, a data-collection application that employs more than 700,000 “agents” worldwide to gather samples of data via crowdsourcing. The team then analyzes the data collected by the agents to determine if the BAP logo is being used properly. So far, of the 96 samples of packaged seafood products analyzed from 50 … READ MORE “BAP Steps Up Logo-Policing Program”