The Fishin’ Company made headlines in early 2016 for being the first company to sell 4 Star BAP-certified Tilapia in the US. This milestone marks years of work to develop sustainable and responsible practices at processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in Asia. 4 Star BAP-certified seafood products represent the gold standard for food safety, environmental responsibility, and social welfare in aquaculture.
This announcement by The Fishin’ Company comes on the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Aquaculture Alliance. The MoU utilizes the iBAP program to train and advance multiple facilities at one time. It will allow for a greater number of facilities to achieve certification and significantly increase the volume of certified product available for markets.
“This is a groundbreaking day for Tilapia. We are ecstatic to be able to deliver this totally comprehensive benchmark of food safety, traceability and sustainability to the retail arena, and applaud our supply chain for their partnership in this endeavor,” said Manish Kumar, CEO of The Fishin’ Company to the GAA earlier last year. “We must all strive to make 4 star BAP Tilapia the norm, not the exception. This journey is just beginning, and we will continue to work passionately with the GAA to bring this goal to fruition.”