The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held an auditor training and industry observer course in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from May 11 to 16.
It was the best-attended course to date, with 26 returning auditors and new auditor candidates and 16 industry observers. Many returning processing plant auditors came to extend their competencies to include the BAP farm standards and/or BAP feed mill standards. Likewise, some returning farm auditors extended their competencies to include the BAP processing plant standards.
The course was taught by BAP Asia-Pacific Coordinator Ken Corpron, BAP VP Lisa Goché and BAP Training Coordinator Jeff Peterson. The course covered all BAP standards (processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills) and included a seafood HACCP course for processing plant auditor candidates. Pictured at left, from left to right, are Goché, Peterson and Corpron.
Ten countries, predominantly in Southeast Asia, were represented at the course: Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam, which prompted Lisa Goche to comment during the seafood HACCP course, “It’s like a mini United Nations with so many folks from so many countries working together.”
Of note was the number of industry observers in attendance, as industry interest in the BAP program continues to grow. Observers included representatives from PT Lola Mina, PT Lestari Magris, PT Central Pertiwi Bahari and DDT Konstract Inc., all of Indonesia; Dataj Aquafarm and MIDA Trade Ventures of the Philippines; Rubicon Resources of the United States; and Indepesca Aquaculture of India.
“Observer participation is a triple-win situation,” said Peterson. “Observers get to learn first-hand about the BAP standards development and implementation process. They also provide valuable input on their experiences as the ‘auditee.’ Returning auditors and new auditor candidates also greatly benefit from their perspective on industry-related issues.”
The interactions between auditors, observers and instructors were again the highlight of the course. No two processing plants, farms, hatcheries or feed mills are identical, and each requires considerable auditor skill in determining whether the real-world examples cited in class meet the intent of the BAP standards.
Goché provided valuable information on the recently released Issue 4 of the BAP seafood processing plant standards. “Issue 4 clarifies and consolidates the information formerly contained in the Interpretation Guidelines to Issue 3. Annex 2 — social responsibility, traceability and the aquaculture drug sections — have also been expanded,” she said.
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.