Fishin’ Company-sponsored tilapia farms earn BAP certification
Thirty-four tilapia farms in Hainan, China, have earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.
This was largely due to the Fishin’ Company, a leading tilapia supplier that is capable of offering four-star BAP tilapia, which sponsored the farms to apply for BAP certification.
“This is an exciting milestone in the industry’s journey toward worldwide four-star BAP tilapia” said Justin Baugh, director of sustainability for The Fishin’ Company.
“Our team in China has been working tirelessly to see this initiative through. We are incredibly proud of the hard work the farmers put in to achieve certification.”
Of the 34 tilapia farms, 32 were certified for the first time, while two were recertified. The 34 farms are part of seven groups that were audited.
Group certification is one of three types of certifications in the BAP programme, where a subset of facilities are audited. To qualify for this type of certification, these groups must have a quality management system (QMS) in place, a sponsor who appoints a facility group manager and trained internal auditors to perform annual audits member facilities.
In March 2018, the BAP programme hit a milestone, surpassing more than 2,000 certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 33 countries and six continents.
By the end of April, the total had reached 2,015, including 117 BAP-certified tilapia farms 84 BAP-certified tilapia processing plants, the majority of which are located in China.
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