With the help of Marcos Moya, the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held three successful workshops in Peru and Ecuador in March. Moya is the leader of BAP’s expansion team for Latin America.

screen-shot-2014-03-31-at-8-06-34-pmThe first workshop took place in Tumbes, Peru, while the second and third workshops took place in the Latin American shrimp-farming capital of Guayaquil, Ecuador. All three workshops focused on the implementation of the BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards and the BAP feed mill standards.

The workshop in Tumbes on March 14 was held thanks to invitation from EcoAcuicola Finance Manager Gustavo Leon and his processing team. EcoAcuicola, the largest aquaculture producer in Piura Peru, is building a state-of-the-art processing plant on its farm in Piura. The company is incorporating the BAP processing plant standards beginning with the design and initial construction of its facility.

screen-shot-2014-03-31-at-8-06-49-pmThe first Ecuador workshop was held in the auditorium of Cámara Nacional de Aquacultura (National Aquaculture Association) in Guayaquil on 19 March and gave an overview of the BAP certification requirements.

The second Ecuador workshop was held at the GISIS feed mill in Guayaquil from March 19 to 20 and covered the BAP feed mill standards. It was hosted by GISIS, one of Ecuador’s largest shrimp feed producers. GISIS, which sells feed under the Diamasa brand name, is accelerating the process of achieving BAP certification to satisfy its customers in Ecuador, Peru and Central America.

A team of 12 GISIS employees attended the workshop at the company’s office in Guayaquil. General Manager Carlos Miranda confirmed the company’s objective to implement the BAP standards in one of its two feed mills in Guayaquil.

Pictured on the right is Moya addressing Cámara Nacional de Aquacultura. Pictured on the left is Moya and the GISIS feed mill management and operations team.