The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held an auditor training course in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, from Jan. 11 to 19. Held at the headquarters of NSF International, the course was quite a success, attended by 13 returning auditors and new auditor candidates and seven observers.

1-14-15-group-shotThe course instructors were Ken Corpron, BAP Asia-Pacific coordinator, Lisa Goché, BAP vice president, and Jeff Peterson, BAP director of quality control. The course covered all of the BAP standards, including processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills, and included a seafood HACCP course for seafood processing plant auditor candidates.

Attendees included representatives from Canada, Peru, Thailand and the United States. Of note was the number of industry observers in attendance, continuing the pattern of industry interest in the BAP third-party certification program in recent courses. Observers included representatives from the production sector (Marine Harvest Canada and Cole-Munro Foods Group), import and distribution (Beaver Street Fisheries), aquaculture consultancy and services (FourLinks Marketing) and certification bodies (NSF International).

lisa-teaching-aa-class“Observer participation is a win-win-win,” said Peterson. “Observers get to experience first-hand how BAP auditors are trained, and auditors and instructors likewise benefit from their perspective on industry-related issues.”

“Class discussion is always the best part,” added Goché, “and this class provided an excellent example of the goals of the BAP standards and their application in real-world situations.”

Corpron provided up-to-date information on implementation and interpretation of the recently launched BAP finfish and crustacean hatchery and nursery standards, which can be applied to all species and species groups.

GAA thanks NSF International for hosting the course and its staff for its organizational and logistics support.