New BAP Sustainable Feed Ingredients Vanguard Standard Released for Public Comment

The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Sustainable Feed Ingredients Vanguard Standard is now available for public comment, the Global Seafood Alliance announced on Aug. 4. The 60-day public comment period ends on Oct. 3.

Currently, feed mills find it difficult to meet sustainability goals because of the limited availability of certified ingredients, particularly plant-based ones. This new Vanguard standard will incentivize feed mills to dedicate a portion of their production to meeting demand for feeds with the highest sustainability credentials. The standard is designed to encourage the uptake of non-traditional feed ingredients that can demonstrate strong sustainability credentials, either in their own right or as alternatives to established ingredients with greater impacts.

Producers must be certified to BAP Feed Mill Standard Issue 3.1 to apply for certification to the BAP Sustainable Feed Ingredients Vanguard Standard. Auditing compliance with the standard would involve multiple traceability, mass balance checking exercises and document reviews to verify that the volumes of incoming certified ingredients correspond to the volumes of outgoing feed products that carry the claim of compliance to the Sustainable Feed Ingredients Vanguard Standard.

To comment on the BAP Sustainable Feed Ingredients Vanguard Standard, visit the BAP standards webpage, review the standard, and fill out and submit the public comment form linked on the page. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment, and all properly submitted comments will be acknowledged.

About Best Aquaculture Practices

Best Aquaculture Practices is a third-party certification program developed by the Global Seafood Alliance, an international, nonprofit trade association headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA, dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification standards, GSA has become the leading standards-setting organization for seafood.