Nine Thai shrimp farms enroll in iBAP
09 Aug 2016
Thailand wants to become world leader in shrimp farming Photo: Philip Chou/SeaWeb/Marine Photobank
Nine shrimp farms in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province have become the latest aquaculture facilities to enrol in the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) iBAP programme.
The farms are administered by the Surat Thani Shrimp Farmers Club. This is the first set of farms that are active members of the Surat Thani Shrimp Farmers Club to enrol in iBAP.
They will be sponsored by Beaver Street Fisheries, a leading US seafood importer, and Marine Gold Products Ltd of Thailand, a leading shrimp processor.
“Surat Thani was hit hard with EMS a few years back, so our goal is to start with a manageable number of farms, and see them through certification. The ultimate goal is to grow this model with the Surat Thani Shrimp Farmers Club, and to share with the industry the great aquaculture story that exists with these farmers,” Beaver Street said in a statement.
“When you visit this part of the world, it is plain to see the Surat Thani farmers want very much to be known as a world leader in shrimp farming.”
Marine Gold is eligible to offer four-star BAP shrimp as its processing plant, farms, hatchery and feed mill are BAP certified – the highest designation in the BAP third-party certification programme.
The farms, which represent 1,150 metric tonnes of shrimp production, will pursue BAP group certification when they graduate from the iBAP program.
Launched in early 2015, the iBAP programme is designed to provide assistance and encouragement to aquaculture facilities interested in pursuing BAP certification.
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