MoU to boost four-star BAP tilapia availability

27 Jan 2016

The Global Aquaculture Alliance has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Fishin’ Company, in an effort to grow the availability of four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia.

As part of the MoU, the US-based supplier will encourage all of its tilapia processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills to enroll in the iBAP program and, ultimately, attain BAP certification.

The Fishin’ Company has committed to providing the education and support necessary to enroll six processing plants, 60 farms, four hatcheries and five feed mills in Hainan and mainland China in the iBAP program. The supplier also pledged to provide commercial support, through purchase commitments, for facilities that earn and retain BAP certification. Working with local organisations like China Blue and Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance, The Fishin’ Company will raise awareness of the benefits of the BAP third-party certification program to the local farming community.

The company’s ultimate goal is for four-star BAP tilapia to become the industry standard. Four stars denotes that a product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill.

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with GAA to increase local industry awareness of the BAP certification standards,” said Manish Kumar, CEO of The Fishin’ Company. “We believe our company-sponsored Farmer Training Camps, free educational seminars and classes on how to follow our Code of Good Practices will continue to drive positive change in the Chinese tilapia industry and lead to a steady supply of affordable, sustainable high-quality four-star BAP tilapia that our customers will love.”

The iBAP program is designed for aquaculture facilities that are not quite ready to apply for BAP certification. Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven plan. Facilities can apply directly or through organisations acting on their behalf, such as a processor, supplier or buyer. Currently, there are 44 facilities worldwide enrolled in iBAP, representing 10 countries (Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Thailand), four species (salmon, shrimp, tilapia and trout) as well as aquaculture feed.