Tropical Aquaculture is proud to announce that our partner producer, GeneSeas Aquacultura Ltda., has become the first aquaculture company in Brazil to obtain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. GeneSeas’ farm and production plant, located along the Paraná River, near the western edge of São Paulo, Brazil, received this certification on September 12th.

The tilapia producer has been working diligently over the past few months to achieve this certification. CEO Breno Davis states, “We are honored to be the first company in Brazil to receive such an important certification that assures GeneSeas’ commitment with the best global practices in aquaculture and the development of the region where we are located, the most important tilapia producers in Brazil.” This achievement perfectly aligns with GeneSeas’ vision to provide their customers with the highest quality product while maintaining a dedicated commitment to environmental sustainability.

Founded in 2001, GeneSeas prides itself on its Brazilian heritage and dedication to responsible farming. As majority owners of their Brazilian feed company, GeneSeas is able to ensure sustainable, responsible farming practices throughout every aspect of their operations. Utilizing a low-density suspended cage system in the Paraná River, GeneSeas produces over 8 tons of tilapia annually.

In addition to leading the tilapia industry in Brazil, GeneSeas employs over 300 local residents; they are a company dedicated to their people and their community. This sentiment is greatly reflected in their community outreach program by supporting local non-profit organizations.

To date, 2016 has been a very good year for GeneSeas. They inaugurated a brand new processing plant earlier this year in addition to receiving their BAP certification. GeneSeas’ focus is now on obtaining three-star BAP certification for their hatchery. The highly efficient facility is located directly across the Paraná River where the fish are processed, packed, and shipped all within 60 minutes of harvest. The close proximity between the farm and the plant, along with their unique live transfer process, allow GeneSeas to export some of the freshest, high-quality tilapia on the market.