January 14, 2014
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Seafood Importers Association of Australasia (SIAA) to collaborative in the advancement of responsible aquaculture.
Also in the MoU, SIAA members agreed to adopt a general preference for aquaculture products from certified facilities, where applicable. The SIAA will assist GAA in promoting its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards as well as other globally recognised aquaculture certification standards in Australasia.
GAA, in return, agreed to keep SIAA informed about updates to the BAP standards, new BAP standards in development, its accredited certification bodies and marketing activities in Australasia.
"The world, and particularly Australia, is increasingly dependent on aquaculture, as wild fisheries reach sustainable ceilings. Consumers want to be certain that farms are operating to recognised principles of environmental stewardship and socially accountability, and international standard holders such as GAA provide credible benchmarks and a pathway to independent certification," said SIAA Executive Chairman Norm Grant.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organisation for aquaculture seafood.
More than 70% of edible seafood consumed by Australians is imported, much of it by the SIAA's 25 member companies.