August 2017
In the News

World-Class Catfish Feed

 

SouthFresh Feeds is the first catfish feed mill in the U.S. to earn Best Aquaculture Practices certification from Global Aquaculture Alliance.

 

 

The BAP certification was a team effort. The employees of SouthFresh Feeds worked toward this certification for over a year. The employees are (from left) Casey Jones, Bill Miller, Jonathan Bonilla, Chester Brown, John Womer, Jody Day, Grover Houston, Deonte Edwards, Martin Bailey, Javaris Ravizee, James Zanders, Deacatur Copeland, Tracy Watts, Elmer Jackson, Chris Taylor, Kelvin Fritts, Joseph Aldridge, Mel Houston, John Moore, Rod McIntosh, Rhonda Haynes, Jimmy Hughes, Tonia Osburn and Debra Wommack. Not pictured: Jesse Daniels, David Greene, Travares Hall, Rick Harris, Cleophus Howard, Vaughn Koehn, John Marshall, Michael Pratt, Will Sledge and Joseph Taylor.

Global Aquaculture Alliance provides resources to individuals and businesses worldwide associated with aquaculture and seafood. The mission of GAA is to promote responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy and demonstration. GAA strives to improve production practices through partnerships with countries, communities and companies. As part of this ongoing mission, GAA has created a third-party certification program, Best Aquaculture Practices. This program ensures aquaculture and seafood products come from facilities managed in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner.

Best Aquaculture Practices is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program with achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards addressing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, and animal welfare and traceability. It is also known as the world’s only third-party certification program encompassing the entire production chain: farm, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.

Best Aquaculture Practices certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines to evaluate adherence to these practices. These standards are scientific, rigorous and always evolving while being fair, objective and traceable. To be BAP certified is to prove your commitment to the environment, social integrity, and to the health of the animal and consumer.

SouthFresh Aquaculture Processing Plant in Eutaw has been BAP certified since 2009; a cooperating catfish farm was certified in 2016 and, now, SouthFresh Feeds has earned BAP certification. With the feed mill earning BAP certification, SouthFresh Aquaculture becomes the first three-star BAP catfish company in the United States. SouthFresh Feeds is the first catfish feed mill in the United States to achieve certification and is one of only two feed mills in the United States to be BAP certified.

Peter Redmond, BAP Vice President of marketing development, stated, "SouthFresh Aquaculture is demonstrating real leadership within the catfish industry. It is taking a very strong and proactive action to demonstrate its commitment to selling responsible, sustainable products to the marketplace. As a leader in catfish feed research, SouthFresh Feeds understands the importance of producing safe, nutrient-dense feed for the catfish industry. This BAP certification is a first in the U.S. catfish feed industry and we applaud this action. Over 150 seafood distributors recognize the importance of this certification and require it from those who provide them aquaculture products, including catfish."

SouthFresh Feeds is very proud of this recognition in the industry. A tremendous amount of time and effort was put forth to make this certification a reality. From management, feed mill employees and drivers, who deliver the finished product, it was a total team effort. The employees of SouthFresh Feeds worked toward this certification for over a year and everyone had to buy into the importance of reaching this milestone in the catfish industry. SouthFresh Feeds takes a tremendous amount of pride in what they do and making sure they manufacture nutrient-dense and safe product for our catfish producers and this certification validates that.

As vice president of SouthFresh Aquaculture, I am very proud of this certification.

I am also very proud of all the employees who make up the SouthFresh Feed Team. Each person played an integral part in us receiving this certification and it would not have been possible without the teamwork of everyone. It was a total team effort and I am so proud of our employees and how they stepped up to make this a reality.

This BAP certification is just one more step in our goal at SouthFresh Aquaculture to implement programs combining research, safe products, environmental care and social responsibility to best meet the expectations of the users of our products.

 

Jimmy Hughes is vice president of SouthFresh Aquaculture.