Aquaculture / BAP Certification Consultants
Why Certify With BAP?
Seafood buyers and suppliers globally prefer to source seafood from third-party-certified facilities for a variety of environmentally and socially responsible policy reasons. What makes the Best Aquaculture Practices program stand out are its comprehensive standards and influential network of seafood buyer and supplier endorsers.
Our work with foodservice, institutional and particularly retail buyers has shown us that they want the “one-stop shop” that BAP provides — not an approach of having to patch together various certification programs that cover only a portion of what the comprehensive BAP standards offer:
BAP standards encompass the entire aquaculture production chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.
All standards address every key element of responsible aquaculture, including environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability.
The seafood processing plant standards are benchmarked against the latest Global Food Safety Initiative food-safety requirements.
A market development team actively promotes the BAP program to retailers and foodservice operators worldwide on behalf of BAP-certified facilities.
Innovate, Initiate, Interface, Incentivize, Improve… A Path To BAP Certification
The iBAP program is designed for aquaculture facilities that are not quite ready to apply for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. It may be that a facility requires technical support to make the improvements necessary to apply. Or it may be that a facility is ready to apply but the timing is insufficient. Regardless, facilities that enroll in the iBAP program agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven plan. As only about 5% of global aquaculture production is currently third-party certified, the iBAP program provides the encouragement and incentive necessary to apply for BAP certification.
The iBAP program is open to the entire aquaculture supply chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills. Facilities can apply directly or through organizations acting on their behalf, such as a processor or buyer. Also, IDH’s Farmers in Transition Fund can provide financial support for any required improvement identified through iBAP.