Ecuador tilapia farms earn BAP certification
Tropical Aquaculture Products on Tuesday announced that its two largest tilapia farms in Ecuador, Aquamar and Produmar, received Best Aquaculture Practices certification — the first tilapia farms in the Americas to do so.
The news comes about two months after the Rutland, Vt., company unveiled that the processing facilities operated by Aquamar and Produmar, which have a combined weekly exporting capacity of 500,000 pounds of fresh and frozen tilapia fillets, earned BAP certification.
The BAP standards for environmental and social responsibility, food safety and traceability were developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
"BAP has been the only auditable tilapia standard up to this point," said John Schramm, president of Tropical Aquaculture Products. "We committed to acquiring two-star certification by 2010, and we have accomplished this goal. We will continue to evaluate new certifications as they are finalized and able to be implemented."
"This is a milestone in our journey toward sustainability," added Enrico Delfini, executive VP of Aquamar.
Tropical can now supply more 25 million pounds of fresh tilapia fillets that are two-star BAP certified annually.