GAA, SFP, National Fish launch farm project

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 22, 2014

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and American seafood supplier National Fish & Seafood are collaborating on a new project to help small-scale shrimp farmers improve their practices.

The project is based on the GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard, and will help the farmers get closer to earning BAP certification.

“We are very excited with this collaboration,” said Peter Redmond, BAP’s VP of market development. “It is great to see the whole supply chain working together to get the job done and deliver meaningful change on the ground, while delivering more two-star BAP shrimp to the marketplace.”

National Fish & Seafood, located in Gloucester, Mass., will administrate the program for the first four groups of shrimp farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia and India. These four groups will be used to launch the first Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs) through SFP to document improvements in practices being made at the farm and zonal levels.

“We believe the collaboration capitalizes on the mutual interest between NFS, GAA, and SFP to pilot and demonstrate feasibility of the ‘Group’ program while documenting and developing sustainable shrimp farming policies by way of AIPs,” said James Baros, aquaculture and sustainability coordinator at National Fish. “Through cooperation, each organization stands to advance their cause of promoting responsible aquaculture while making significant strides in protecting and preventing small farmers from becoming disenfranchised.”

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