Earlier this month, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium published an updated Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide, in which our Tilapia farmed in Ecuador is the first one "green rated" from Central and South America. The Seafood Guide lists Ecuadorian tilapia with a green rating for "Best Choice" of seafood to purchase.
Seafood Watch has become one of the best-known guides for sustainable seafood, as it raises awareness on the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources at the consumer level. In order to reach consumers, Seafood Watch guides are available as pocket guides, mobile apps and interactive maps.
The Seafood Watch guide lists seafood recommendations under categories such as, "Best Seafood Choices" [Green], "Good Alternatives" [Yellow], as well as "Fish to Avoid" [Red]. The listing's rating is based on the environmental impact and potential harm to marine life resulting from species that are fished/over-fished and/or farm raised.
Tropical Ecuadorian Tilapia is farmed in a responsible and sustainable manner in order to meet both the strict aquaculture standards set by distinguished certifying bodies and increasing consumer demand. Today, our responsible tilapia practices are backed by third-party certifications: 2-star BAP, ASC, GlobalG.A.P., ISO and SQF.
Our responsibly farmed tilapia is 100% traceable from farm to consumer, allowing us to trace each and every one of the fish we sell all the way back to where it hatched! This enables us to bring you a fish that is safe for you and does not harm the environment during production.
The Seafood Watch guide features alternatives that are good for our health and do not harm the oceans. Their recommendations are updated regularly online and can be viewed by visiting www.SeafoodWatch.org.
Last month, our partner tilapia producer, Piscicola New York (PNY), in Colombia, received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification at their plant; integrating them into Tropical's 2-star BAP certified production group.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance's BAP standard is a certification system that combines site inspections and effluent sampling with sanitary controls, therapeutic controls and traceability.
Piscicola New York first received BAP certification at the farm level in May of 2010. The farm utilizes a cage system in the Betania Reservoir in the Magdalena River. As part of the BAP program, they constantly monitor water quality at three different stations. Additionally, all aquaculture activity in the reservoir is managed and restricted by the Colombian government.
For the past two years, PNY worked to attain the second star of the BAP standard. 2-star BAP certification is not only a great achievement, but it is proof of our partner's commitment to produce responsible tilapia while maintaining food safety.
At Tropical, our focus is to provide tilapia products certified responsible and sustainable by standards such as the BAP standard. We are sure that by implementing this type of standard throughout our production, it will help to meet the increasing demand for healthy products, cultivated in harmony with the environment and always in a socially responsible manner.