The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held its first ever auditor training course in Australia from June 1 to 7. Held at the Rockford Hotel in Adelaide, the course was quite a success, attended by 12 returning auditors and new auditor candidates and eight observers.

lg-teaching-haccp-2The course was taught by BAP VP Lisa Goché and Jeff Peterson, BAP director of quality control. The course covered all BAP certification standards and included a seafood HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point) course for processing plant auditor candidates.

Attendees hailed from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“In addition to the returning auditors and new auditor candidates, we had impressive representation from industry and governmental agencies, including Cargill Animal Nutrition, DHI Singapore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.) and Petuna Seafoods Tasmania,” said Goché. “Opening the course to observers allows them to see first-hand how BAP trains auditors. We place a lot of emphasis on class participation, and this class was an excellent example of the interplay between the intent of the standards and the application in real world situations.”

“The fact that all BAP standards share so many common elements — legal compliance, social responsibility and traceability, to name a few — allows us to teach those portions of the standards collectively and still leave time to focus on those portions of the standards that are unique,” said Peterson.

The auditor training course took place before the World Aquaculture Society’s World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014, at which GAA exhibited and participated in the conference program. BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee gave a presentation on the value of third-party certification on June 10, while Roy Palmer, BAP market development manager for Australasia, lead a panel on seafood health and nutrition.