National Fish & Seafood Launches Sustainability Project for Small-Scale Aquafarmers

GLOUCESTER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Fish & Seafood, the U.S.-based division regarding Pacific Andes Group, formally announced nowadays the actual launch of a special project in which enables small-scale shrimp farmers to get access towards the highest international certification standards with regard to sustainability. Your project, that will drive improvements within environmental protection, food security, biosecurity and traceability, was launched at the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) GOAL 2014 conference inside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We passionately believe that will aquaculture has the possible ways to feed a new developing globe population with a healthy - Lose Weight Diet - and inexpensive source of protein, mentioned James Baros, Aquaculture and also Sustainability Coordinator, National Fish & Seafood. We're creating any model that encourages almost all aquafarmers, especially little farmers, to enhance culture solutions to abide by rigorous environmental and also social standards. This provides your chance to produce healthy, safe, and sustainably raised seafood whilst providing opportunities for huge figures of people in the developing world. Any food production system that's really sustainable environmentally, socially, along with economically is actually a win-win pertaining to producers along with customers alike. Since an business leader within seafood sustainability, the founding part of the particular non-profit GAA, plus a co-host of the GOAL 2014 conference, National Fish & Seafood has worked with each other using the actual GAA in order to advance responsible aquaculture, and contains witnessed first-hand the expansion involving GAAs Very Best Aquaculture Methods (BAP) third-party certification program. today National Fish & Seafood is affiliated together with a lot more than 50 BAP-certified processing plants, spanning three species (shrimp, tilapia and Pangasius) as well as 6 countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and also Vietnam). The Particular vast majority of the - - shrimp will be through farms contracted through National Fish & Seafood via partnerships together with local processing plants, permitting the business to always be able to control production. The Particular organization has additionally hosted countless hrs of responsible shrimp aquaculture seminars in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam since 2004. This kind of degree of partnership ensures supply chain integrity along with prevents provide disruptions. Since 2012, National Fish & Seafood provides dedicated in a corporate degree to sell merely two-, three- along with four-star BAP shrimp. However, small family members farmers may be marginalized inside the sustainability movement. Small-scale farmers produce nearly all the worlds aquaculture products. In case his or her production is excluded on the time frame of their own inability to fulfill along with certify for you to international standards, then negative impact about the market will most likely be tremendous, stated Jeff Sedacca, President, Shrimp Division, National Fish & Seafood. Your organization will be collaborating together with GAA as well as the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) on a project to enhance farming procedures in order in order to deliver small-scale shrimp farmers closer to BAP certification. Together With the actual assistance involving GAA, National Fish & Seafood will pilot the initial 4 groups regarding shrimp farmers 2 inside India, one out of Vietnam then one within Indonesia tapped to become able to initiate the first Aquaculture Improvement projects (AIPs) through SFP in order to document improvements inside procedures becoming made, along with assistance a new zonal management approach. The Actual aim is always to provide industry access regarding greater than 120 small-scale farmers. Educating as well as engaging little scale farmers within sustainable methods and compliance using social duty are usually advantages it actually is us, continued Sedacca. The Actual purpose of our tiny farm team plan would end up being to address the biggest challenge, which may be how you can engage little farmers within responsible aquaculture, as well as ensure it is easy for these phones still participate inside the marketplace. National Fish & Seafood is also pioneering the actual concept involving Network Integration within the actual global seafood industry. (See the particular infographic with The Particular way forward for seafood depends on a new safe, trustworthy and also consistent supply. National Fish & Seafoods Network Integration differs from the seafood business standard associated with vertical integration for the main reason that it allows us to very own and manage item via the whole growth cycle without having to very own the particular farms as well as processing facilities, stated Sedacca. This provides the chance to partner using many more small-scale suppliers as well as makes sure that we now have enough safe, high-quality creation that meets our standards even if the all round provide chain is actually disrupted. Furthermore, it assists us maintain value predictability along with stability. National Fish & Seafood can be working using Farmforce to end up being able to develop state-of-the-art technology with regard to seafood traceability. Your software program is assisting to adjust the overall game by simply using mobile technologies to produce traceability along with compliance an integral a part of small-scale farm production. Your use of your mobile, cloud-based platform pertaining to monitoring traceability about the farm presents a manufacturer new and cutting-edge innovation in which will give the company realtime access to every farms activities. Editor's Note: In Order To arrange an interview with Jeff Sedacca or James Baros please contact Erin Vadala, Warner Communications from or 978-468-3076. High-resolution images and further info are available upon request. With Regards To National Fish & Seafood National Fish & Seafood, a U.S.-based division of Pacific Andes Group, is a national supplier/partner regarding seafood to major retailers, distributors, institutional food service as well as restaurant chains found over the United States. every year the business sources, processes as well as distributes greater than 11,500 tons regarding frozen raw fish fillets along with shrimp, cooked shrimp and breaded fish as well as seafood items below its National Fish, Matlaws as well as Schooner brands. Matlaws famous stuffed clams are the #1 promoting seafood appetizer in the United States. The Actual vast sourcing and production capabilities of Pacific Andes along using its strong monetary backing give National Fish & Seafood the actual sources in order to fulfill commercial and retail orders regarding any size. in addition, the company maintains its 66,000 square foot, SQF Degree three certified processing facility found adjacent for you to its headquarters inside Gloucester, Massachusetts. Visit to discover out more.