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May 20, 2015

India

Shrimp Farms with Four-Star BAP Certification

 

Apex Frozen Foods, Pvt., Ltd., has become India’s fourth group in just over a month to earn four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status for its shrimp hatcheries (NSR Aqua Farms, Pvt., Ltd.), farms (IOM Farm Group 1 and IOM Farm Group 2), feed mills (Avanti Feeds, Ltd.) and processing plants (Apex Frozen Foods).  The two farms have over 500 acres of shrimp ponds. 

 

“We are committed to sustainability in aquaculture, and it is our goal to produce quality seafood by implementing and advocating environmentally and socially responsible practices,” said Apex Frozen Foods in a statement.  “We aim to produce all of our product as BAP certified by implementing these sustainable practices in all of our future projects.  We appreciate the efforts of our farming team and thank BAP for its support and guidance.”

 

By sometime next year, the group hopes to certify an additional 500 acres of ponds.  If it is successful, a majority of the shrimp sold by Apex Frozen Foods would officially originate from BAP-approved farms.

 

The three other farms in India that have received four-star BAP accreditation are: Penver Products, Suryamitra Exim (P), Ltd., and Avanti Feeds Limited.

 

This push toward sustainability certification by India’s seafood groups speaks to a trend in the industry just starting to take shape, wherein integrated networks of companies challenge and rework the concept of one vertically integrated supplier.

 

Jeff Sedacca, president of USA-based National Fish and Seafood’s shrimp and aquaculture division, which imports shrimp from India’s Penver Products, says, “We’re getting away from being seafood traders and going toward being integrated parts of a supply chain.”  National Fish and Seafood is a division of Pacific Andes International Holdings, Ltd., and a founding member of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the creator and maintainer of the BAP standards.

 

Source: SeafoodSource.com.  Editor, Sean Murphy (smurphy@divcom.com).  Trending: Another India Farmed Shrimp Producer Boasts 4-Star BAP.  Madelyn Kearns (SeafoodSource’s Associate Editor).  May 13, 2015.

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