The US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) hosted a series of workshops in Asia during the month of May 2017. At two of these workshops GLOBALG.A.P. had the opportunity to share with the audience the advances in the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification System. Mr. Isidor Yu, GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer for Crops and Aquaculture, presented in Kuala Lumpur and Manila. The presentation included an introduction to the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards, and provided more about their history and advantages. He discussed the importance of standards and certifications for aquaculture products in general, and for export products in particular. 

GLOBALG.A.P.’s holistic standards cover all market demands as well as the other markets’ recognition by GFSI, GSSI on process, Japan Olympic and Tmall Fresh. Statistics of certified aquaculture production were introduced to underline the excellence of GLOBALG.A.P.

The other two workshops hosted by USSEC  promoted sustainable marine aquaculture in Southeast Asia and took place in Indonesia and Vietnam. One of the sessions concerned the market demands of sustainable aquaculture products and relating standards. GLOBALG.A.P. was invited to Malaysia and the Philippines, while BAP was invited to Indonesia and Vietnam.

Participants at the workshops came from a wide range of areas and included production companies, traders, exporters, press companies, feed manufacturers and governments.

Mr. Matthew Brooker’s presentation was of particular interest to the local participants, as he is from one of the biggest buyers in the U.S., Fishin’ Co. His presentation included issues such as the market demand for food safety, sustainability, social criteria and traceability, which are all covered by GLOBALG.A.P.

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Photo credits:
On the photo: The international speakers and marine fish stakeholders that shared their insights and experiences (left to right): Isidor Yu (farm assurer, GLOBALG.A.P.), Scott Zimmermann (principal, SQSA), Longley Gace (president, InnovaSea), Matt Brooker (business development manager, The Fishin' Company, USA) and David Kelly (CEO, InnovaSea)



USSEC is a dynamic partnership of key stakeholders representing soybean producers, commodity shippers, merchandisers, allied agribusinesses and agricultural organizations. Through a global network of international offices and strong support in the U.S., it helps create and sustain demand for U.S. soybeans and soybean products, advocate the use of soy in feed, aquaculture and human consumption, promote the benefits of soy use through education and connect industry leaders through a robust membership program.