ESE - GAA Certification Continues to Grow24 April 2013
BELGIUM - Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices certification programme is continuing to grow the organisation announced at the opening of the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.
In the first quarter of the year the number of BAP certified plants had rising by 19 to 229.
This resulted in an 11 per cent rise in the annual output from BAP certified processing plants reaching 1.195 million tonnes.
In the first quart of this year the number of BAP certified farms also rose – up by 38 from 248 to 286.
Production from these farms rose by 14 per cent to 541,000 tonnes.
The certification body said that salmon is still the fastest growing species in its BAP programme, with 17 certified salmon processing plants and 68 certified salmon farms.
This represents 191,000 tonnes in production from the processing plants and 218,000 tonnes from the salmon farms.
The European Seafood Expo which runs until 25 April is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors from more than 140 countries around the world.