GAA Weighing In
BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee responds to a recent blog post from Steffan Browning MP in which the New Zealand politician questioned Best Aquaculture Practices certification of New Zealand King Salmon.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance and the Best Aquaculture Practices certification program are among the more than 1,600 companies and organizations exhibiting at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, Belgium. Please visit GAA/BAP stand 9-4062. Or check here regularly for GAA/BAP-related updates from the Brussels Exhibition & Conference Centre. The event runs from April 23 to 25.
New Zealand King Salmon Co. recently attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, which will help the company advance its position in the marketplace and help it spread the good word about responsible aquaculture, especially among a skeptical and misinformed public, says Grant Rosewarne, the company’s CEO.
In a guest column written exclusively for IntraFish.com, GAA President George Chamberlain provides an update on the effort to identify the origin of -- and to control the spread of -- early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp.
This is the first in a series of profiles from the Global Aquaculture Alliance recognizing companies for their commitment to responsible aquaculture and the Best Aquaculture Practices certification program. The first profile is on Latin American shrimp producer Seajoy Group, which has been involved in the BAP program for 10 years.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance and its Best Aquaculture Practices certification program are among the more than 1,000 companies and organizations exhibiting at the International Boston Seafood Show. Please visit booth No. 481. Or check here regularly for GAA/BAP-related updates from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The event runs from March 10 to 12.
Jeff Peterson, director of quality control for the Best Aquaculture Practices program, gave a talk at the World Aquaculture Society’s Aquaculture 2013 event on Feb. 23 outlining the advantages of third-party certification and clearing up any confusion over the certification’s role in aquaculture.
The new Best Aquaculture Practices farm standards tackle the issue of social responsibly much more rigorously than the previous BAP farm standards, as the number of clauses relating to worker safety and employee relations has been more than doubled.
Fresh off a successful GOAL 2012, the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Mini-GOAL conference returns to the International Boston Seafood Show this year. The seminar will take place on Monday, March 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 151B of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s week-long Best Aquaculture Practices auditor training course in Shanghai, China, featured 20 participants from Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Francisco Gomes, Ph.D, executive manager of the aqua business unit at Novus International, fields a handful of questions on why innovation is so important to aquaculture and how an award such as the GAA’s Global Aquaculture Innovation Award can benefit the entire farmed seafood value chain.
David Smith, V.P. of sustainability for Sobeys Inc., says the Canadian retailer is closing in on its goal of refusing to sell any farmed or wild seafood species associated with major sustainability issues after committing in 2008 to a responsible-sourcing strategy.
Jeff Peterson, director of quality control for the Best Aquaculture Practices program, checks in from India, where he and Ken Corpron, the BAP program’s Asia coordinator, have been conducting outreach, attending aquaculture conferences and meeting with small-scale farmers and industry officials throughout December.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance welcomes Wuhan Liangzhongxing Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd. as its latest governing member. Based in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the company specializes in frozen and refrigerated food supply-chain services throughout China.
Bill More, director of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program, fields questions about the growth of the BAP program as well as the need to ensure that the appropriate mechanisms are in place to encourage responsible aquaculture production growth in the years ahead.
The growth of middle-class consumption in seafood-friendly Asia Pacific and increasing seafood-consumption intensity in China are expected to fuel global seafood consumption growth in the long term. The near-term economic outlook, however, is shaky, according to Phillip Hsia of DaChan Greatwall Group.
For Tassal Group Ltd., landing Best Aquaculture Practices certification is further evidence that it’s continually strengthening its environmental, social and food-safety record and reaffirming its commitment to responsible aquaculture. It’s also further evidence that the Tasmanian salmon-farming company is embracing a leadership role.
BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee lays out the reasoning, timing and importance behind the comprehensive new Best Aquaculture Practices farm standards, a draft of which is now available for public comment.
At GAA's GOAL 2012 conference in Bangkok, the University of Stavanger's Dr. Ragnar Tveteras gives an analysis of the supply situation for a number of farmed finfish species, including tilapia, Atlantic salmon and Pangasius, for next year.
Perhaps no presentation at GAA’s GOAL 2012 conference in Bangkok, Thailand, captured the theme of turning a challenge into an opportunity better than Norm Grant’s talk. Grant is executive chairman of the Seafood Importers Association of Australasia.
Dr. Michael Tlusty, director of research at New England Aquarium, evaluates the impact third-party certification at GAA’s GOAL 2012 conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
Submit a photo portraying responsible aquaculture, and we'll pick the best to appear on the cover of the March-April issue of the Advocate. The deadline is Feb. 1.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance on Nov. 1 presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. I. Chiu Liao. GAA President George Chamberlain, who presented the award to Dr. Liao at the organization’s GOAL 2012 conference in Bangkok, Thailand, called Dr. Liao “the father of Penaeus monodon farming,” who catalyzed shrimp farming throughout Asia.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance has presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Chingchai Lohawatanakul, president of Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC, during the organization’s GOAL 2012 conference.
With the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s annual GOAL conference in Bangkok just around the corner, the time is ideal to measure the progress that the organization’s Best Aquaculture Practices program has made this year.
Tops Friendly Markets — which recently announced that it’s adopting Best Aquaculture Practices certification as part of its sustainable seafood procurement policy — is diving “head first” into the BAP program.
Among the speakers taking to the podium on Day 1 of GOAL 2012 is Phillip Hsia, a smart young macroeconomist at DaChan Greatwall Group. Hsia — who developed a competitiveness and knack for strategizing at an early age mastering the popular game of Go — will talk about the challenging economic climate.
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon CEO Geoff Matthews expects other Australasia salmon farms to pursue Best Aquaculture Practices certification following its recent achievement.
For QVD Aquaculture, a Bellevue, Wash.-based tilapia and Pangasius, a focus on product quality and food safety has allowed it to set itself apart from the competition, says company CEO Chris December. Last year, QVD became the world’s first Pangasius company to earn two-star BAP certification for its Vietnam farms and processing plants.
Gorjan Nikolik of Rabobank International, one of the featured speakers at the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s upcoming GOAL 2012 event, shares his thoughts on the role of third-party certification, rising fish feed costs and the quick recovery of Chile’s salmon-farming industry.
This year, when Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill began promoting the origin of its seafood more aggressively, the U.S. West Coast fast-casual restaurant chain looked to farmed shrimp and the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program to help deliver the message.
Mary Ellen Walling, executive director of the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association, talks about her members’ efforts to improve their salmon-farming practices, including the 20 B.C. farms now certified against the Best Aquaculture Practices salmon standards. She also talks about the need to actively tout her members’ achievements.