The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held a seminar titled “BAP Tilapia Certification: Your Path to Responsible Production” in Zhanjiang, China, on June 19. The seminar was a success, drawing tilapia stakeholders interested in continuing on the path of responsible aquaculture production.

IMG_7940The seminar was led by Peter Redmond, BAP VP of market development; Carson Roper, BAP’s international business development manager; Marcos Moya, BAP new facility development manager; and Jane Bi, BAP’s Asian market development manager. They provided in-depth knowledge about the BAP third-party certification program, including the multiple-star system and the latest initiatives.

The day-long seminar began with a morning session featuring leading Chinese tilapia producers who have earned BAP certification. They shared their experiences with the BAP standards, agreeing that BAP certification helps improve aquaculture practices and connect the production side of the business with the market side of the business.

During the afternoon session, top executives from The Fishin’ Company, Odyssey Enterprises and Sunnyvale Seafood shared their opinions on U.S. market requirements and the future of the tilapia supply chain. They called for a partnership between themselves and other Chinese tilapia producers to ensure the sustainability, food safety and product quality.

China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) Secretary General Mr. Di closed the seminar with an encouraging message. He recognized the significant role that the BAP program plays in helping open doors for Chinese farmed seafood products in international markets. As China grows as an import market, Mr. Di also emphasized the importance of embracing the BAP program for the Chinese domestic market to ensure sustainability and food safety. CAPPMA is GAA’s key partner in China.

The seminar was sponsored by Baiyang Aquatic Group, Hainan Progift Aqua-Tech Co. Ltd., Hainan Qinfu Foods Co. Ltd., Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products Co. Ltd., Tongwei Hainan Aquatic Products Co. Ltd, Shenzhen Allied Aquatic Produce Development Co. Ltd. and IDH.