The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Aquaculture Society requiring the country’s aquaculture facilities to earn Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, GAA said in a release on its website.
The commitment “establishes the BAP third-party certification program as the national standard for all Saudi Arabia aquaculture facilities”, the GAA said in the release.
As part of the MoU, all Saudi aquaculture operations will be required to attain BAP certification by the end of 2016, and BAP certification will be required for new aquaculture licensing.
Saudi Arabia plans to grow seafood production to 600,000 metric tons by 2030.
“We are delighted to have been selected to work with the aquaculture industry of in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a resource in support of its planned growth to 600,000 metric tons of seafood production,” said GAA executive director Wally Stevens. “The commitment of the Aquaculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture along with that of the Saudi Arabian Aquaculture Society combined with our resolve is a powerful example of what it takes to achieve great results.”
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