A best practice certification system will not only promote responsible practices across the aquaculture sector, it will also reduce the environmental impact of the industry, according to a speaker at the Australasian Aquaculture Conference 2012 in Melbourne.
Addressing a sustainable aquaculture session at the conference today, Peter Redmond from the United States-based Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) said the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) seafood certification was conceived to improve practices and lessen the environmental impacts of the aquaculture industry.
“BAP standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities,” Mr Redmond said.
“BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices”.
Mr Redmond, GAA Vice President of Development, BAP, said the standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities.
“BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices,” he said.
The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatchery and feed mill to farm to processing plant.
It currently certifies shrimp farms and hatcheries; salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and Pangasius farms; seafood processing plants and feed mills.
Drafted by technical committees with broad stakeholder representation and overseen by a Standards Oversight Committee, the BAP standards are more comprehensive than other certification systems.
Although individual standards vary by facility type, all BAP standards address community and employee relations, conservation of biodiversity, soil and water management, and drug and chemical management.
Australasian Aquaculture Conference 2012 is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and concludes on Friday 4 May.
Over 1000 delegates from around the world are at the conference and associated trade show and workshops/meetings and it is the biennial event of the National quaculture Council of Australia and the World Aquaculture SocietyAsia Pacific Chapter.
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