Ainan Fishery Cooperative Assn. becomes first facility in Japan to achieve Best Aquaculture Practices certification; the AFCA produces red sea bream

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April 5, 2023 (press release) –

The Ainan Fishery Cooperative Association, which produces red sea bream, has become the first facility in Japan to achieve Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) announced in March. Located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, the Yasutaka Suisan farm and the Hamasui processing plant, both members of the Ainan Fisheries Cooperative, have achieved BAP certification.

Red sea bream products produced by the Ainan Fisheries Cooperative

Said Hiroki Tachibana, President of the Ainan Fishery Cooperative Association, “We are very pleased that two of our members, Yasutaka Suisan and Hamasui, have become the first in the world to receive BAP certification for red sea bream. BAP standards have been benchmarked by GSSI (Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative) at the farm, and GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) at the processing plant, which we believe will give further impetus to exports. Although Ainan is a small town at the southernmost tip of Ehime Prefecture, it is one of Japan’s top aquaculture producers, and we hope that Ainan sea bream will spread its wings to the rest of the world.”

Said Steve Hart, VP of Market Development at GSA, “The seafood industry in Japan is amongst the leaders in Asia for promoting and developing more responsible practices that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I would like to commend the Ainan Fishery Cooperative Association for becoming the first BAP-certified facility in Japan, with their red seabream farm.”

About Best Aquaculture Practices
Best Aquaculture Practices is a third-party certification program developed by the Global Seafood Alliance, an international, nonprofit trade association headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA, dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification standards, GSA has become the leading standards-setting organization for seafood. To learn more, visit

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