Best Aquaculture Practices

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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”

Certification Of Hatcheries Lifts NZ King Salmon To Three-Star BAP

New Zealand King Salmon is now eligible to offer three-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) salmon following the certification of its three salmon hatcheries, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early November. Three stars denote that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm and hatchery, and New Zealand King Salmon is Australasia’s first salmon company to earn the distinction. The certification of its three salmon hatcheries in October came soon after the company completed the new multi-site cluster program (BAP-C), resulting in all nine of its salmon farm sites in South Island’s Marlborough Sound attaining BAP certification — six … READ MORE “Certification Of Hatcheries Lifts NZ King Salmon To Three-Star BAP”

Northern Harvest Successfully Navigates BAP’s New Multi-Site Cluster Program

Canada’s Northern Harvest Sea Farms is the first salmon company in North America to complete the Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) new multi-site cluster program (BAP-C), resulting in five salmon farm sea sites in Newfoundland attaining BAP certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on Nov. 1. The BAP-C program allows an applicant to combine multiple farm sites within a defined geographical area to apply for BAP certification for all sites during a single audit. Northern Harvest’s salmon-farming operations are an example of the consistently robust internal management systems in place across all member sites to support the cluster audit scheme. Audit … READ MORE “Northern Harvest Successfully Navigates BAP’s New Multi-Site Cluster Program”

Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Surpasses 1,400 Worldwide

The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide surpassed 1,400 last month, with the addition of 64 new facilities to the third-party aquaculture certification program, the Global Aquaculture Alliance has announced. At the end of September, there were a total of 1,434 BAP-certified facilities worldwide. September’s tally was the BAP program’s second highest of 2016 after June, when a record 74 new facilities earned BAP certification. Of the 64 new facilities that attained BAP certification in September, four are processing plants, 56 are farms and four are hatcheries. Over the first three quarters of … READ MORE “Number Of BAP-Certified Facilities Surpasses 1,400 Worldwide”