It’s great to see the BAP group is growing and improving the industry. Undercurrent News published the latest numbers yesterday. See below.
The number of fish farm, plants, hatcheries and feed mills qualified under the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA’s) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification has risen to over 1,500, the group said.
The growth of BAP, the number of certified facilities has doubled in the past two years, was attributed to growing demand for sustainability. Sixty-seven facilities were certified in November alone.
The GAA said that as of November 1,527 facilities are certified: 951 farms, 350 processing plants, 157 hatcheries and 69 feed mills.
The program lays out standards for environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability that facilities must adhere to. Members are regularly audited for compliance.
What is BAP Certification?
The Best Aquaculture Practices Certification is to promote responsible practices across the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing facilities. The BAP program drives continued improvements via high standards that deliver significant benefits industrywide. The BAP standards cover aquaculture facilities for a variety of finfish, crustacean and mollusk species. http://bap.gaalliance.org/