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October 17, 2015

United States

Massachusetts—Video—National Fish and Seafood

 

This five-minute video describes National Fish and Seafood’s (NFaS) certification program for the thousands and thousands of small-scale shrimp farms in India, Thailand and Vietnam who would otherwise have been left out of the marketplace.  NFaS spent seven years and a ton of money traveling to the rural areas of these countries and educating clusters of shrimp farmers on international quality standards for sustainability, traceability and social responsibility.  It trained them to comply with the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).  It expects to certify 20 million pounds of BAP certified shrimp in 2016.  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.

 

In addition, National Fish and Seafood has projects to develop local hatcheries and feed mills, a shrimp farming model that integrates farms into mangrove ecosystems, and it is leading efforts on behalf of shrimp importers to combat human trafficking.

 

Jeff Sedacca, president of the shrimp division at National Fish and Seafood, says, “We’re getting away from being seafood traders and going toward being integrated parts of a supply chain.”

 

Information: Jeff Sedacca, National Fish and Seafood, Inc., 11-15 Parker Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930, United States (phone 978-282-7880, fax 978-282-7882, webpage http://www.nationalfish.com).

 

Sources: 1. YouTube.  Catch the Wave to 4 Star Aquaculture Leadership.  October 14, 2015.  2.  Shrimp News International.  News Reports: India—Shrimp Farms with Four-Star BAP Certification.  May 20, 2015.

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