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Aquaculture companies interested in learning more about the advantages of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program are invited to attend a one-day seminar at the Puerto Montt Manquehue Hotel in Puerto Montt, Chile, on July 28.

Those new to the BAP program and those already engaged but interested in furthering their commitment to the BAP program are both encouraged to attend.

The seminar is part of the inaugural “BAP Made In” campaign. The aim of the campaign is to unite farmers, processors and other stakeholders behind the concept of responsible aquaculture and third-party certification, and to educate them on the latest BAP initiatives.

A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with standards encompassing the entire production chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.

Leading the seminar are BAP Facilities Development Manager Marcos Moya, BAP Director Bill More and VP of Market Development Peter Redmond. Moya and More will talk about the BAP seafood processing plant standards, BAP salmon farm standards, BAP hatchery standards and BAP feed mill standards. The will also talk about the BAP application process and the new iBAP program, which provides the assistance and encouragement necessary to apply for BAP certification through deadline-driven improvement (the “i” in “iBAP” signifies improvement).

Meanwhile, Redmond will talk about value of attaining BAP certification in the marketplace. Increasingly, retailers and foodservice buyers in North America, Europe and elsewhere are asking aquaculture companies to pursue two-star, three-star and four-star BAP status. Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills from which a company sources are BAP certified. It’s the highest such achievement in the BAP program.

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