Tropical Aquaculture Products is proud to announce that its partner tilapia producer, Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A. (IPSP) received its first star in Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) for its tilapia farm.
While IPSP’s founder has always pursued a vision in which care for the environment, workers, and surrounding communities is held to high standards, a BAP star certifies his efforts and provides third-party recognition of their sought-after accomplishments. BAP certification also gives consumers the confidence they need when they make a purchase, and IPSP certainly provides products that consumers can trust.
IPSP is the only producer that provides saltwater tilapia; they are raised in ponds infused with fresh water from the mountains and salt water from the sea. As a result of this unique farming technique, the tilapia fillet has a sweet, succulent taste, a signature characteristic. No hormones or antibiotics are given to the fish, so they are as natural as they would be in the wild. In addition to tilapia, IPSP is also Ecuador’s largest farming, processing, and exporting operation of premium Ecuadorian white shrimp.
IPSP prides itself in making sure that its procedures do not harm the environment. In order to do this, the farm implements sophisticated recirculation systems to assure that no water goes to waste. The ponds use polyculture in which both tilapia and shrimp live harmoniously in the same environment. This helps to make better use of the land and create a more natural environment for the tilapia.
In addition to the BAP certification, IPSP also has its farm and hatchery certified by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO), which pays special attention to the certification and quality control of its products. It also verifies aquaculture facilities in accordance with Whole Foods Market Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood.
IPSP’s sophisticated pond system makes it easy to have tilapia available 365 days a year. This ensures you, as a consumer, can have the freshest tilapia available on any given day. They are currently working towards gaining BAP certification for their hatchery.
Tropical Aquaculture is proud to announce that our partner producer, GeneSeas Aquacultura Ltda., has become the first aquaculture company in Brazil to obtain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. GeneSeas’ farm and production plant, located along the Paraná River, near the western edge of São Paulo, Brazil, received this certification on September 12th.
The tilapia producer has been working diligently over the past few months to achieve this certification. CEO Breno Davis states, “We are honored to be the first company in Brazil to receive such an important certification that assures GeneSeas’ commitment with the best global practices in aquaculture and the development of the region where we are located, the most important tilapia producers in Brazil.” This achievement perfectly aligns with GeneSeas’ vision to provide their customers with the highest quality product while maintaining a dedicated commitment to environmental sustainability.
Founded in 2001, GeneSeas prides itself on its Brazilian heritage and dedication to responsible farming. As majority owners of their Brazilian feed company, GeneSeas is able to ensure sustainable, responsible farming practices throughout every aspect of their operations. Utilizing a low-density suspended cage system in the Paraná River, GeneSeas produces over 8 tons of tilapia annually.
In addition to leading the tilapia industry in Brazil, GeneSeas employs over 300 local residents; they are a company dedicated to their people and their community. This sentiment is greatly reflected in their community outreach program by supporting local non-profit organizations.
To date, 2016 has been a very good year for GeneSeas. They inaugurated a brand new processing plant earlier this year in addition to receiving their BAP certification. GeneSeas’ focus is now on obtaining three-star BAP certification for their hatchery. The highly efficient facility is located directly across the Paraná River where the fish are processed, packed, and shipped all within 60 minutes of harvest. The close proximity between the farm and the plant, along with their unique live transfer process, allow GeneSeas to export some of the freshest, high-quality tilapia on the market.