We'd like to congratulate our partner farm in Mexico, Acuícola Gemso for attaining Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification at its processing plant this month and becoming the first Mexican tilapia operation to attain 2-star BAP certification.
Attaining the Global Aquaculture Alliances (GAA) renowned certification is not only a great achievement for Gemso, but it is proof of our partner's commitment to responsibly produce tilapia while measuring up to strict food safety and environmental standards.
In 2014, Acuícola Gemso was incorporated into Tropical's tilapia cooperative as part of our strategy for sustainable growth. Gemso received BAP certification at the farm level in December 2014.
Gemso utilizes a cage system in the Plutarco Elias Calles "El Novillo" Reservoir, East of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. El Novillo Reservoir is an ideal location due to its low aquaculture activity, which is a key component to the healthy cultivation of fish in the absence of antibiotics.
As part of the BAP program, the farm constantly monitors water quality and takes corrective actions if any quality checkpoints are affected. Additionally, all aquaculture activity in the reservoir is managed and restricted by Mexican authorities.
Gemso's new state-of-the-art processing facility is located a short distance from the farm, guaranteeing speedy processing and optimal freshness. The plant is equipped to process deep-skinned, fully trimmed premium quality tilapia fillets as well as whole fish.
All products are free of any and all preservatives and gasses that may alter, extend or prolong natural color or shelf life.
One of the largest advantages of Gemso's processing facility is its proximity to the U.S. market. Situated 16 hours to Los Angeles by truck, Gemso can provide the freshest 2-star BAP Certified product to the West Coast.
Both Gemso and Tropical are committed to supplying a fish that is of superior quality and complies with and exceeds established social and environmental parameters. By implementing the BAP certification requirements, Acuícola Gemso ensures sustainable management of the tilapia farm and processing plant.
Including Gemso in our cooperative of farmers and processors, enables us to be geographically diverse and maintain continuity of supply, despite unexpected obstacles or delays, such as weather or transportation issues. Even with our complex structure, our tracking systems enable us to track every fish all the way back to the source.
2-star BAP Certified Tilapia from Gemso is available to the West Coast market in the following specifications:
We are proud to announce the expansion of our tilapia network with the integration of two tilapia producers, GeneSeas Aquacultura Ltda and Netuno, to our farm cooperative.
Founded in 2001, GeneSeas is a 100% Brazilian company specializing in seafood. GeneSeas is completely integrated with optimal practices throughout the entire process, from hatchery to processing. Netuno was founded in 1993 and has established itself as a highly competitive company devoted to providing the highest quality products.
Both companies are mindful of the sources of the seafood they provide globally by minimizing waste and energy use in packaging, transportation, and storage.
We understand that our tilapia network is expansive and a somewhat complex, so this month we'll focus on GeneSeas' tilapia operations.
GeneSeas has farms located in the Alha Solteira reservoir, which boarders the states of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Today, Geneseas has over 800 cages spread between Santa Fe do Sul and Aparecida do Taboado.
At the farm, GeneSeas takes specific measures to ensure that our tilapias are carefully nourished. To ensure that the feed volume ratio is exact and it provides every tilapia with the necessary nutrients to grow into a strong and healthy fish; tablets with production management software are used during the feeding of the fish and throughout the growing cycle.
The cold chain is maintained from the moment the fish leaves GeneSeas' processing facility, to the moment it arrives to the city of Sao Paulo, where it is then flown directly to the United States.
GeneSeas is renowned for the quality of its products, passion for its business, innovation and environmental sustainability. They produce a sustainable and chemical free product, while generating more than 500 direct jobs in Brazil.
GeneSeas is committed to responsible farming and enrolled in the Global Aquaculture Alliance - iBAP program to certify their farming practices as responsible and sustainable.
Due to the geographic diversity of our farms, we are better able to avoid unexpected obstacles or delays due to natural causes or transportation issues. For Tropical, expanding our tilapia network allows us the flexibility to substitute any day's harvest. Despite our complex structure, our tracking systems enable us to track every fish all the way back to the source.