The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s new iBAP program has its first applicant — Piscifactorías de los Andes in Peru.

piscifactor-as-de-los-andesPiscifactorías de los Andes is a trout-farming and -processing operation located on Lake Titicaca in the Peruvian Andes, more than 3,300 meters above sea level.

Launched early this month, the iBAP program—the “i” in “iBAP” represents “improver”— is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. Facilities that enroll in iBAP agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven improvement plan. iBAP incentivizes facilities to make the improvements necessary to apply for BAP certification.

piscifactor-as-de-los-andes-2“Piscifactoria de los Andes’ enthusiasm to pursue BAP certification exemplifies the spirit and principles of the iBAP program,” said Marcos Moya, BAP facilities development manager. “We look forward to working with the company.”

Founded in 1978, Piscifactorías de los Andes produces a number of trout products, including fresh and frozen fillets, smoked, breaded and canned. Almost 70% of the company’s trout products are exported to South America, North America and Europe.

For more information on iBAP, including how to apply, email iBAP@gaalliance.org.