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August 23, 2017
 
BAP's popularity underscored by recent certifications of aquaculture farms
 

Marine Harvest and Cooke Aquaculture's salmon farms are among the many sites approved by the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification - a testament to the regime's popularity, according to Steven Hedlund, communications manager of BAP's developer, Global Aquaculture Alliance.
 
Other sites certified include shrimp farms operated by Vietnam's Stapimex and Thailand's Good Luck Products and Marine Gold Products.
 
Additionally, Fishin' Company (China) and the Colombia Aquaculture Federation's tilapia farms received BAP's acknowledgement. 
 
In some cases, parties in the supply chain have assisted vendors to achieve certification, such was the scenario for Sunnyvale Seafoods, which helped Stapimex and Good Luck to obtain BAP's stamp of approval.
 
Hedlund said five other group BAP certifications could follow as he revealed that 106 farms - from Colombia, China, Vietnam and Thailand - are currently going through the certification process.
 
Group certification is now a vital component of aquaculture production in view of demands for sustainability.
 
Instead of auditing individual farms, only a portion of a group's farms in close proximity to each other are audited. All these farms have to be under a quality management system (QMS) to be considered a group. A QMS will allow farms to be self-audited against BAP standards.
 

Hedlund added that with the BAP programme, consumers and the marketplace will have more access to certified products that are quickly and more efficiently certified in a lower cost manner.

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