National Fish & Seafood has enlisted Rajkumar Gollapalli, former CEO of India’s National Center for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), to manage its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification and farm-contracting programs in India and Southeast Asia.

gudur seminarThe addition of Gollapalli (pictured, second from right) comes nine months after the company announced at GAA’s GOAL 2014 conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, that it launched a project enabling small-scale shrimp farmers to access to the BAP third-party certification program.

Gollapalli will continue National Fish & Seafood’s efforts to increase the amount of four-star BAP shrimp that it offers by organizing additional shrimp societies for group certification and to identify, train and certify more IOM (integrated operating module) farm clusters, hatcheries and feed mills.

According to National Fish & Seafood, under Gollapalli’s leadership, NaCSA developed the shrimp society model as a method of clustering small-scale farms for legal registration with the Coastal Aquaculture Authority, technical seminars on better management practices, and coordinated farming activities to improve biosecurity and reduce disease transmission. To date, NaCSA has created more than 800 societies, comprised of 18,000-plus farmers.