16 Oct 2015 The Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification scheme has submitted an application to the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) following the launch of its Global Benchmark Tool.
Aldin Hilbrands, Aquaculture Program Director at IDH: ‘This is great news for both BAP and GSSI, as this is an important step on the journey towards a global, transparent benchmark that will make sourcing of sustainable seafood more easy and more cost efficient.’
“We applaud the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative for the launch of
its Global Benchmark Tool,” said GAA Executive Director Wally Stevens.
“GAA will make application of its BAP third-party certification program in
keeping with other benchmarking of its standards with the Global Food Safety
Initiative (GFSI) and support for the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP).
“We also recognize that the BAP program goes above and beyond the criteria
by which GSSI is judging it on,” added Stevens. “The BAP program
extends well beyond environmental issues to include the other major issues
facing aquaculture – social responsibility, food safety, animal health and
welfare, and traceability – across the entire aquaculture supply chain,
including the processing plant.”