GAA’s COVID-19 Blog: GAA Delivers Successful Remote Audit Pilots during COVID-19 Pandemic

Editor’s note: The Global Aquaculture Alliance is keeping its members and stakeholders up to date on announcements related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in this blog. Please check back here regularly for information.

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June 9, 2020: GAA Delivers Successful Remote Audit Pilots during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is pleased to report that 66 remote BAP audits were successfully conducted and completed on Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified farms, hatcheries and feed mills between April 3 and June 9.

These pilot audits were made possible by accelerated strategic planning, guidance and oversight of BAP’s program integrity and operations teams, enthusiastic BAP-certified facilities, collaborative certification bodies (CBs) and supportive retail and foodservice partners.

Click here to read the BAP announcement.

June 1, 2020: India’s Shrimp Industry Adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

In this week’s issue of the Global Aquaculture Advocate, three Indian researchers analyze existing trends in the shrimp production supply chain in India, including hatcheries, farms, feed production and exporting, and propose strategies to help support industry resiliency and sustainability.

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May 18, 2020: Technology Allowing Aquaculture to do Social Distancing

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt, can technology and artificial intelligence (AI) help aquaculture find the way forward? That’s the question that correspondent Bonnie Waycott asks in this week’s issue of the Global Aquaculture Advocate.

Market disruption, reduced or suspended production and declining seafood demand are among the many impacts on aquaculture as COVID-19 carries on. Innovative companies, many of them still bearing the “startup” label, are offering support with a host of initiatives.

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May 5, 2020: GAA’s Country-By-Country COVID-19 Update

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is, on a one-on-one basis, providing updates on how key seafood-production and -consumption countries are navigating COVID-19. With more than 2,300 Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in 36 countries, GAA is uniquely positioned to provide a synopsis of how the pandemic is affecting aquaculture production facilities’ ability to operate, the flow of product in and out of countries and sourcing behaviors in leading markets.

Here is the country-by-country COVID-19 update for May 5. Contact a member of the BAP market development team if you’d like to receive these reports regularly.

April 16, 2020: How Is COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting the World of Aquaculture?

This week’s issue of the Global Aquaculture Advocate took a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of aquaculture.

Correspondent Lauren Kramer surveyed a number of shellfish producers in the Pacific Northwest, who found their primary market — foodservice — disappear and are now essentially on hold.

Editor James Wright explored three different perspectives in looking how aquaculture might change in the future. He spoke with an epidemiologist about how understanding of aquatic diseases can evolve; an investor who sees temporary fixes becoming the new normal; and an RAS fish producer who had to make some on-the-fly adjustments to keep his business afloat during an unprecedented chain of events.

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April 2, 2020: GAA Remains Committed to Seafood Safety, Sustainability during COVID-19

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) remains committed to assuring the safety and sustainability of seafood supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing relief to supporters of its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program.

During these challenging, uncertain times, GAA remains committed to its vision: A world that embraces and enables the role of responsibly farmed seafood in meeting global nutrition needs. The organization sees its role of helping producers offer safe, sustainable seafood to the public as important as ever.

On April 2, the BAP program announced adjustments to the auditing and certification process. Click here to read the BAP announcement.

Beyond the necessary adjustments to the BAP auditing and certification process, the BAP market development team is acting as a resource to the global seafood community, connecting producers and repackers with retailers and foodservice operators to find outlets for product, since many restaurants have been forced to scale back or halt operations because of COVID-19.

How can we help? Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback to GAA and the BAP program at info@aquaculturealliance.org.

March 31, 2020: Advocate Editor’s Note, March 2020

In his March 2020 Editor’s Note, Global Aquaculture Advocate Editor James Wright addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Advocate’s editorial coverage. The monthly Editor’s Note, a benefit of GAA membership, is now available to GAA’s entire audience.

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March 24, 2020: Letter from GAA’s Wally Stevens on COVID-19

These are certainly unprecedented times. As we navigate through the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic, know that the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) remains zeroed in on its mission — to promote responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy and demonstration.

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March 17, 2020: CBs May Grant Audit Extensions on Case-By-Case Basis

The health and safety of our families and associates worldwide is a priority for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and resulting international, domestic and local travel restrictions have undoubtedly impacted the lives of millions of people and the ability to do business in a timely fashion. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, GAA is working closely with the certification bodies (CBs) that conduct BAP audits on a weekly basis to carefully evaluate the circumstance of each processing plant, farm, hatchery or feed mill and decide how to best continue the certification process.

Following established accreditation, certification and benchmarking guidelines, the BAP team and CBs have agreed on a set of rules to follow during this extraordinary situation, including guidelines for the movement and conduct of auditors when visiting BAP-certified facilities.

Click here to read the BAP announcement.

Feb. 20, 2020: Extensions Granted to BAP-Certified Facilities in China Impacted by COVID-19

The health and safety of our associates in China and around the world is a priority for the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) and its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has undoubtedly impacted the lives of millions of Chinese people and the ability to do business in China.

GAA is encouraged by the news that the outbreak of novel coronavirus appears to be stabilizing in China and the recovery effort is under way. However, the organization is sympathetic to the situation and understands that it will take time for people to get back to work and for business to get up and running again.

As a result, extensions are being granted to BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills in China that are due to be audited for annual re-certification in the near term or are due to submit corrective actions for non-conformances cited during a recent audit.

Click here to read the BAP announcement.

About GAA
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood.