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Availability Of Three-, Four-Star BAP Tilapia From China To Increase

Maoming City Maonan Sangao Fine Breeding Base, one of China’s largest tilapia hatcheries, has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.

The hatchery’s certification will likely increase the availability of three- and four-star BAP tilapia from China. Groups are capable of offering four-star BAP product if the product originates from BAP-certified hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants. It’s the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification program.

The Fishin’ Company, one of the world’s largest tilapia importers, sponsored Maoming City Maonan Sangao Fine Breeding Base to apply for BAP certification. With the hatchery’s certification, the U.S.-based company will be capable of offering four-star BAP tilapia, as it sources fingerlings from the hatchery.

About BAP
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

First Latin American Company To Offer Four-Star BAP Tilapia

Paraiso Springs Aquaculture Guatemala is Latin America’s first company qualified to offer four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) tilapia, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in early March.

The company became eligible to offer four-star BAP tilapia with the BAP certification of its hatchery. Its new processing plant and farm — located in Caserio Los Angeles, San Luis Peten, Guatemala — are already BAP certified, as are the feed mills from which it sources feed, Areca Feed Mill in Guatemala and Cargill de Honduras.

Four-star BAP status denotes that the product originates from a BAP-certified processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill. It’s the highest achievement in the BAP program.

“We are very proud of the hard work our crew put forth to obtain BAP four-star certification. It certainly is an accomplishment for a small family-run operation like Paraiso Springs. This is a big part of our quality commitment to our clients and community,” said Alejandro Palomo, president of Paraiso Springs Aquaculture Guatemala.

Currently, worldwide, there are 74 BAP-certified tilapia processing plants and 68 BAP-certified tilapia farms, representing more than 175,000 metric tons annually.

About BAP
A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.

First Chinese Tilapia Farms Earn ASC Certification

Qingdao, 3 November 2015 – Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co Ltd have become the first Chinese farms to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This landmark achievement reflects the pioneering initiative and efforts of a few farms in the industry to tackle some of the major challenges facing tilapia farming in China.

The success of the farms and their respective processers Hainan Xiangtai Fisheries Co., Ltd and Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co., Ltd was celebrated today during the Sustainable Seafood Forum in Qingdao. The formal handover of the certificates was conducted by the  independent certification body that assessed the farms against the ASC standard, Intertek. The ceremony was attended by government officials, seafood industry representatives, NGOs and the media.

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Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are the first among a number of farms that undertook pre-assessments with help from WWF China to see if they operated in a way that meets the ASC Tilapia Standard. A third tilapia farm, Wenchang Zhou Qinfu, has been assessed against the ASC standard and hopes to be certified soon.

Achieving ASC certification brings global recognition that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are operating in a responsible way. It marks the start of their contribution towards a global market for responsibly produced seafood.

Mr Yang Huaying, Deputy Executive Director Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co. Ltd said: “We are pleased that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest has passed the assessment against the ASC Tilapia Standard. ASC certification allows us to prove to our customers that we are committed to responsible aquaculture.”

Mr Liu Rongjie, President Xiangtai Fisheries Co. Ltd, said: “For us it is important be able to show through a third party that our ambitions towards responsible tilapia farming have been achieved. The ASC certification of Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd helps us communicate this to our stakeholders.”

Making progress towards a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible tilapia sector in the Chinese aquaculture industry has been achieved through a partnership between ASC, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) and WWF China. As a result the industry has begun to make real strides in improving the transparency of Chinese tilapia aquaculture.

Dr Cui He, Executive Vice President, CAPPMA, said: “I would like to congratulate the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd for becoming the first tilapia farms in China to meet the rigorous requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. CAPPMA has been diligently working with ASC and WWF China to promote responsible aquaculture in China. This is a major step towards responsible aquaculture in this important market.”

Credible and independent farm certification

ASC does not audit or certify farms itself; this is done by independent certifiers. The certifiers  have to undergo a rigorous process of accreditation by a company that is independent of ASC, Accreditation Services International (ASI). ASI also monitors the performance of accredited certifiers. Before certifiers can formally undertake audits their staff must have participated in an ASC Auditor Training course and passed the mandatory exam to demonstrate their full understanding of and competence in the application of the standard.

Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, said: “These certifications reflect the substantial efforts of the farms to make real improvements in their operations. The farms were subject to scrutiny by a team of independent experts, which assessed them against the strict requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. This is a major milestone and they should be immensely proud of their achievements.”Throughout the assessment process stakeholders had the opportunity to input into the farm audits, with their views actively sought. This is a unique feature of the ASC programme.

The ASC Tilapia Standard development

Jin Zhonghao, Director of Market Transformation, WWF China, said: “The ASC standard for tilapia aquaculture was created by a series of open roundtable discussions coordinated by the WWF. The multi-stakeholder initiative involved more than 200 tilapia farming experts including producers, conservationists and scientists. The resulting standard is incredibly robust, built on scientific knowledge and practices aimed at addressing the key negative environmental and social impacts of the industry.”

By meeting the ASC Tilapia Standard the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest Tilapia Farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd have demonstrated that they are well managed and minimise any adverse environmental or social impacts by, for example, focusing on the conservation and quality of water resources, no misuse of antibiotics, minimising escapes, compliance with strict feed requirements and meeting a range of social requirements.

Contact: Sun Brage
Aquaculture Stewardship Council
Sun.Brage@asc-aqua.org
T: +31 (0)30 230 56 92

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC): www.asc-aqua.org

China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA): www.cappma.org

World Wide Fund for Nature-China (WWF-China): www.wwfchina.org

Celebrating the ASC Certification of 11 Taiwanese Tilapia Farms

Brussels, 23 April, 2013 – Today the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) hosted a joint ceremony with the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association and the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A) at the European Seafood Exposition 2013 celebrating the ASC certification of 11 Taiwanese tilapia farms. The farms were certified to be in conformance to the ASC Tilapia Standard by the certification body IMO (the Institute for Marketecology).

This certification marks the first group of farms to be ASC certified in Taiwan R.O.C.. As part of the ceremony, Mr. Chris Ninnes, CEO of the ASC signed an official recognition of the accomplishment for Mr. Juh-ing Hsu – Secretary General of the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association and Mr. Frank C. H. Tsai – Chairman of the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A). Additional copies were handed over for each of the 11 ASC certified Taiwanese tilapia farms.

Chris Ninnes – CEO of the ASC stated, “we are delighted to join with the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance and the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association in a ceremony at the ESE officially recognising the 11 Taiwanese tilapia farms which were awarded certification to the ASC Tilapia Standard on 14 March 2013. Conformance to the rigorous and robust ASC Tilapia Standard demonstrates these farms have made a commitment to incorporating responsible environmental and social practices into their operations. We are pleased to take this opportunity to mark this achievement and the upcoming availability of ASC certified Taiwanese tilapia products to international markets.”

Mr. Juh-ing Hsu – Secretary General of the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association reciprocated, “It is a pleasure to take this opportunity on behalf of our members to extend our congratulations to the 11 farms in the Nan Ying Aquaculture Association. We look forward to promoting ASC certified tilapia from Taiwan here at the European Seafood Exposition and on other occasions globally in the future.”

Mr. Frank C. H. Tsai – Chairman of the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance (T2A) commented, “The Taiwan Tilapia Alliance and Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association have long recognised the importance of responsible practices for the Taiwanese farmed tilapia industry. We are therefore delighted with the achievement of ASC certification by the 11 farms in the Nan Ying Aquaculture Association.”

Mr. Peter Chiang, Founder of Hanaqua Tech and a member of the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance sent these words from Taiwan, “We look forward to providing the global market with ASC certified tilapia from Taiwan and envision this accomplishment as a model which will serve to encourage other farmers to strive for ASC certification in the future.”

About the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance and the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association

The Taiwan Tilapia Alliance was founded in 2002 is composed of 115 farms today. The Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association was founded in 1976 and is comprised of 121 members. Representatives from the Taiwan Tilapia Alliance and the Taiwan Frozen Seafood Industries Association will be available at the ESE 2013 in the Taiwan Pavilion Hall 6-1201.

About the ASC

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is as an independent, not-for-profit organisation co-funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and The Sustainable Trade Initiative in 2010 to manage the certification of responsible fish farming across the globe. Farm standards were developed through a series of eight multi-stakeholder round-table processes. Currently, standards have been concluded for the 12 most traded species globally. Over 2,000 contributors participated in the development of these standards. During 2012, the ASC will deliver these standards to the market place. The organisation is headed by Chris Ninnes (former Deputy CEO of the MSC) and is headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

ASC aims to be the leading international standard setter for responsible fish farming. The ASC farm standards require farm performance to be measured against both environmental and social requirements. Transparency is an important core value both organisationally and within its assessment processes. Certification is through an independent third party process and (draft) reports are uploaded to the public ASC website.

Alliance Invites Comments on Comprehensive New BAP Farm Standards

A draft of the comprehensive new Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards for finfish and crustacean farms is now posted for public comment at www.gaalliance.org/bap/comments.php.

Comments can be submitted using the electronic form or sent by e-mail or fax to BAP Standards Coordinator Daniel Lee — dangaelle@aol.com, +44-1248-716729. Interested parties must submit comments by Jan. 31, 2013.

The new BAP standards have a very wide scope and now apply to all types of production systems that raise finfish or crustaceans, with the exception of salmonids reared in cages, for which separate standards exist. This reflects a shift from the current species-specific BAP standards that are separately tailored for shrimp, tilapia, Pangasius and catfish.

“A combined farm standard that addresses aquaculture by culture system rather than species is a logical progression for BAP,” Global Aquaculture Alliance Executive Director Wally Stevens said. “It opens up the program to an even greater range of farmers and creates a consistent set of global performance targets. Incorporation of issues learned through individual species standards development also adds additional robustness to the new farm standards.”

The new standards and accompanying guidelines are provided online in PDF format. In addition to social and environmental responsibility, the standards encompass animal welfare, food safety and traceability. The continuously evolving BAP program sets achievable, science-based standards for the whole supply chain to encourage wide participation and effect positive changes within the aquaculture industry.

The BAP Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) approved the release of the new draft farm standards for public comment. All properly submitted comments will be published, receive responses and be referred to the SOC with corresponding proposed changes to the standards.

Deadline for Comment: Jan. 31, 2013

For additional information on the comments process and Best Aquaculture Practices certification, contact Daniel Lee at +44-1248-712906, e-mail dangaelle@aol.com.

About BAP The Best Aquaculture Practices program is a comprehensive, rigorous, metrics-based certification program for aquaculture — including farms, hatcheries and processing plants. BAP standards cover the environment, social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability. For more information on BAP, visit www.gaalliance.org/bap/.