The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held a successful week-long auditor training course in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, from January 18 to 23.

dsc_0571The course covered the BAP seafood processing plant standards, shrimp hatchery standards and feed mill standards as well as the new BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards (including land-based ponds and fresh/brackish water cage culture but excluding marine cage culture).

The course drew 34 participants, including new and returning auditors and observers from China, Greece, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

The observers represented producers, non-governmental organizations and government agencies.

The course was taught by BAP Vice President Lisa Goché, BAP Asia-Pacific Coordinator Ken Corpron and BAP Program Integrity Manager Murali Krishna Bujji.

img_9553After the course, Goché, Corpron and Bujji visited a number of seafood processing plants, farms and feed mills to expand awareness of the BAP certification program in India.

While touring India’s east coast from January 26 to 31, Goché and Corpron shared their expertise in the BAP program with industry representatives eager to learn more about it.

They also visited the society farms of the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), which is part of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), and elucidated the new BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards to enthusiastic farmers.

Corpron was also invited to speak at Aqua India 2014, organized by the Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP) of Chennai, India. Attended by more than 300 aquaculture professionals from various countries around the globe, the event was held in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India, from January 24 to 25. At the event, Corpron presented a global overview of shrimp aquaculture.dsc_0588dsc_0611