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February 2, 2016

Saudi Arabia

All Aqua Farms to Get BAP Certification


The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Arabian Aquaculture Society (SAAS) that says all the country’s aquaculture facilities will be required to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification.


As part of the MoU, all existing Saudi Arabia processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills will be required to attain BAP certification by the end of 2016, and BAP certification will be a condition for licensing new aquaculture facilities in the Kingdom.


GAA Executive Director, Wally Stevens, said, “The commitment of the Aquaculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture along with that of the Saudi Arabian Aquaculture Society combined with our resolve is a powerful example of what it takes to achieve great results.”


In the MoU, the Aquaculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture for the Kingdom (ADMA) agreed to provide direction, support and resources to aquaculture facilities pursuing BAP certification, while SAAS agreed to act as a coordinator and liaison between the BAP program, ADMA and Saudi Arabia aquaculture facilities.  In turn, GAA agreed to provide technical support to SAAS and its existing and future members.


Source: FIS United States (  BAP to Be the National Standard for the Saudi Aquaculture Industry.  February 2, 2016.

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