The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division successfully held two seminars on responsible aquaculture in Greece and Turkey this month, featuring members of BAP’s management and market development teams.

bap-turkey-workshop-team-may-14The first two-day seminar—which took place at the Metropolitan hotel in Athens, Greece, from May 13 to 14 — drew representatives from five of the country’s leading sea bass and sea bream producers, representing approximately three-quarters of Greece’s sea bass and sea bream production.

Nireus Group, Greece’s largest sea bass and sea bream producer, sponsored the seminar. The seminar included a tour of Nireus facilities, which BAP Program Director Bill More described as “some of the most impressive installations” that he’s observed. Nireus is a vertically integrated aquaculture company with facilities for broodstock development, hatching and nursing of juvenile fish, grow-out, feed manufacturing and processing and packing.

The second two-day seminar — which took place at the Grand Yazici hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, from May 19 to 20 — drew representatives from industry, academia, government and the consultancy community. Dr. M. Altug Atalay, head of aquaculture (General Diroctorate for Fisheries & Aquaculture in Turkey), addressed attendees at the beginning of the seminar.

kilic-hatchery-tour-may-14Kilic Seafood Co., Turkey’s aquaculture producer, and 2A EUROTIME, a consultancy training and certification company, sponsored the seminar.

The seminar included a tour of Kilic facilities, including one of its hatcheries, feed mills and processing plants and its Bodrum retail outlet, which offers a full range of Kilic sea bass, sea bream, meagre and trout products, available in fresh, frozen and smoked preparations.

In addition to Greece and Turkey, the seminars attracted attendees from India, France, Morocco and Romania.

Both seminars focused on the implementation of the BAP seafood processing plant standards and BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards, and potential markets for product from BAP-certified facilities. Sea bass, sea bream and trout are among the species covered by the BAP standards.

nireus-cage-farmThey were highlighted by vigorous in-depth discussions on third-party certification and marketplace perspectives. The seminars “provided very positive reactions in both locations to the BAP standards, its operating model and grasp of marketplace realities,” said BAP VP Lisa Goché.

The growth of the Mediterranean aquaculture sector — specifically sea bass, sea bream and trout — has prompted the region’s producers to look at new market opportunities in Europe and North America.

“Ran in a workshop style, the two Mediterranean seminars provided a platform for meaningful dialogue on the operational side as well as market value side of BAP. The active participation of different industry stakeholders was insightful and constructive, while demonstrating a real interest in the subject,” said Emil Avalon, European market development.

In addition to More, Goché and Avalon, the seminars were led by Jeff Peterson, BAP director of quality control, and Marcos Moya, BAP executive consultant, who participated in the Turkey seminar.