RUTLAND, VERMONT – Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc., North America’s leading fresh tilapia supplier, will be presenting again this year at the International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS), March 14 -16, 2010 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts. IBSS,, is North America's largest seafood exhibition and is expected to attract close to 16,000 seafood buyers and sellers from around the world. Always an industry attraction, Tropical's 1,200 square foot exhibit features innovative displays.

This year will be no exception. Attendees to the show will want to stop by Tropical’s Booth #333 to see what they have up their sleeve.  Tropical has proven that they are constantly looking to evolve and improve upon current processes and this was made clear when they recently attained two-star BAP certification at two of their largest Ecuadorian facilities. Also on hand at IBSS will be their European representative.

Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc., America’s leading fresh tilapia importer, announced today that two of it’s largest Ecuadorian farms, Aquamar and Produmar, recently attained BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) certification. “This is a milestone in our journey toward sustainability,” said Enrico Delfini, Executive Vice-President of Aquamar S.A.

Tropical has implemented BAP certification because it provides retailers, consumers and producers with a common standard on food safety, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and traceability.  “BAP has been the only auditable tilapia standard up to this point.  We committed to acquiring two-star certification by 2010 and we have accomplished this goal.  We will continue to evaluate new certifications as they are finalized and able to be implemented,” said John Schramm, President of Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.

“Our farms have been committed to sustainability from day one, and this is another step toward the future,” said José Antonio Lince, Manager of the Aquaculture Division at Produmar S.A.

Aquamar’s farm underwent a rigorous audit on December 16, 2009 followed by Produmar’s audit on December 17, 2009.  Both farms received excellent scores for their outstanding commitment to the BAP aquaculture standard.  In addition to being the first tilapia farms to be BAP certified in the Americas, Aquamar’s plant was BAP certified on September 15, 2009 and Produmar’s plant was BAP certified on October 23, 2009.

“The BAP certification exemplifies our commitment to stewardship at every level of our organization,” added Schramm.  Tropical is now able to provide in excess of 25 million pounds of fresh tilapia fillets that are two-star BAP certified per year.