Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is a seafood specific certification program that addresses the four areas – environmental, animal health and welfare, food safety, social – at each step of the aquaculture production chain. Responsible and healthy approaches to feeding the world’s population are more critical now than ever before. As wild fisheries have reached their harvest capacities, aquaculture, also known as fish farming, is needed so future generations can continue to enjoy seafood.
BAP has a chain-of-custody traceability process that’s an integral part of the program as well.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY: Compliance with standards that address such issues as habitat conservation, water quality and effluents.
ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE: Best practices in animal husbandry, addressing such issues as disease control.
FOOD SAFETY: Assurance that no banned antibiotics or other chemicals are used and that all approved chemical treatments are carried out in a responsible fashion.
SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Ensuring producers are following best practices in human rights, labor laws, and employee health and safety.
The BAP program uses a star system to represent each part of the farmed seafood supply chain, which includes the processing plant, farm, hatchery, and feed mill.
Links are important because the information provided by facilities is used to highlight the facility’s multi-star chain so customers can understand where the product originated from. A plant that is four-star capable should have valid links to at least one certified farm, hatchery, and feed mill. Links are used to show how a product flows through this chain, from one BAP-certified facility to another. Learn more at www.bapcertification.org
Marine Harvest by Mowi BAP certified products are processed in one of two facilities using raw material from Chile, Peru, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The standard rating for Marine Harvest by Mowi is 3-4 stars. Miami #P10606, Dallas #P10658