Sri Lankan Shrimp Producer Nets Three-Star BAP Status
Congratulations to Taprobane Seafood Group, Sri Lanka’s first company qualified to offer three-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp, the Global Seafood Alliance, which owns the industry-leading BAP certification program, announced on Nov. 3.
The Colombo-based company recently attained BAP certification for its Taprobane Sea Food (Pvt.) Ltd. seafood processing plant, Taprobane Frozen Food (Pvt.) Ltd. shrimp farm and Taprobane Frozen Food (Pvt.) Ltd. shrimp hatchery. As such, Taprobane is now eligible to offer three-star BAP shrimp, and it’s the first Sri Lankan company to attain BAP certification for shrimp. In addition to shrimp, the processing plant handles wild-caught seafood, including crabmeat, squid and cuttlefish.
“As the pioneer of vannamei shrimp in Sri Lanka and one of the largest and most fully integrated seafood companies, we are delighted to have finalized our BAP certification,” said Tim O’Reilly, managing director and owner of Taprobane.
“SPF vannamei was only approved throughout Sri Lanka in June 2020, so the industry is still in its infancy. So we felt it was important to move our organization and hopefully the industry toward BAP certification,” he explained. “Taprobane works with some of the leading U.S. customers for our pasteurized crab meat, so we knew that until we had BAP certification it was difficult to enter into the U.S. market.
“We would like to thank the amazing team from Global Seafood Alliance for making this happen during unprecedent times. The BAP audit challenged our organization. I was especially impressed by the social compliance component of the audit, and I think U.S. buyers of BAP-certified products should sleep very well.”
There are now more than 3,000 BAP-certified farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills worldwide, with the farms producing 2.68 million metric tons of seafood annually. Shrimp and salmon are the leading species by volume.
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.