The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) division held an auditor and industry observer training course in Guayaquil, Ecuador, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.

GYE class photo 2The course drew 13 new or returning auditor candidates and a record 25 industry observers. Many of the industry observers were from companies interested in or actively pursuing BAP certification.

The participants represented Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States.

All six sets of BAP certification standards were addressed, and a seafood HACCP course was offered for seafood processing plant auditors and industry observers. The course was taught by BAP Training Coordinator Jeff Peterson, BAP Asia-Pacific Coordinator Ken Corpron and Lisa Goché, VP of BAP program integrity.

GYE course - Lisa teaching“Strong industry observer attendance is a testimony to the industry-wide interest in the BAP program,” said Goché. “Observers are allowed to attend all auditor training sessions and are encouraged to participate in class discussions, which they frequently do, citing real-world examples of situations covered by the BAP standards.”

Added Peterson: “This course gave us the unique opportunity to hear from tilapia and trout farmers from Mexico and Columbia, tilapia farmers from Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil, salmon farmers from Chile and Canada and shrimp farmers from Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru, plus feed manufacturers throughout the region. Sharing individual experiences from such a diverse group of individuals on how to move the needle forward on responsible aquaculture makes for a very enriching experience for all involved.”

Corpron’s presentations focused on the ongoing need to manage marine-sourced proteins responsibly. He also updated the class with exercises and demonstrations on the benefits of using fisheries byproducts as fishmeal and fish oil replacements.