January 24, 2017
BAP programme grows 47% in 2016
The number of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified facilities jumped 47% in 2016, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced on February 6.
The third-party aquaculture certification programme concluded 2016 with 1,559 BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills, up from 1,058 BAP-certified facilities at the end of 2015.
The BAP programme has more than doubled in size in the past two years, surpassing the 1,500-facility milestone at the end of November, a testament to the industry's commitment to responsible aquaculture.
At the end of 2016, there were a total of 358 BAP-certified processing plants, up from 308 processing plants at the end of 2015. Collectively, they produce 2.27 million tonnes of shrimp, salmon, tilapia, pangasius and other farmed seafood species annually.
There were a total of 967 BAP-certified farms at the end of 2016, up from 606 farms at the end of 2015. The number of BAP-certified hatcheries and feed mills stands at 162 and 72, respectively.