The Global Aquaculture Alliance is known as a standards-setting organization. But it’s so much more than that.

Education is a fundamental component of GAA’s mission of feeding the world through responsible aquaculture, and the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) team’s in-country outreach exemplifies GAA’s commitment to education.

As in previous years, the BAP team is visiting multiple countries in 2015; the first trip is to Columbia from May 4 to 7. The aim is to unite farmers, processors and other stakeholders behind the concept of sustainable aquaculture and third-party certification, and to educate them on the latest BAP initiatives, including the new iBAP program.

The iBAP program — the “i” represents “improver” — has been specifically designed for aquaculture facilities capable of attaining BAP certification. The program provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to apply for BAP certification, giving facilities tangible, bottom-line motivation to achieve deadline-driven improvement.

BAP — the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program — incentivizes farmers and processors, in addition to hatchery operators and feed manufacturers, to act responsibly and sustainably, resulting in fewer environmental and social impacts, safer products for consumers and better market access for farmers and processors.

The BAP team is about to embark on its 2015 tour, dubbed “BAP Made In,” to key farmed seafood-producing countries. Six destinations are currently scheduled:

Colombia: May 4-7
Peru: May 27-28 
China: June 19
Chile: July 28 

Indonesia: August 6-8
Turkey: September 3-5

“BAP Made In” is a unique opportunity for farmers, processors and other stakeholders to capitalize on the on the education and incentives that the BAP program has to offer.

For more information, please contact BAP’s Marcos Moya at marcos.moya@gaalliance.org.