Valeska Weymann, Senior Expert / Technical Key Account Aquaculture Valeska graduated as in Food Engineering from the State University of Campinas in Brazil, and completed additional studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany in Technology in the Tropics, and the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom in Sustainable Aquaculture. With broad agro and food industry experience in Latin America, she also served as the deputy director for the UNIDO Cleaner Production Centre in Guatemala. Valeska has fulfilled a range of duties at GLOBALG.A.P. since 2002. Her previous positions include Standard Management Coffee and Tea, and Standard Management Flowers and Ornamentals, as well as support on the combinable crops and fruit and vegetables revisions. Her current role in the management of the GLOBAG.A.P. Aquaculture scope involves coordination of standard revision processes; capacity building material development, industry liaison with retailers, traders, buyers and producers; Chain of Custody-supply chain standard management and compound feed management linked to aquaculture certification; coordination of the Technical Committee working program; NGO liaison for the sustainability component on the requirements; revision of external benchmarking projects; and assuring transparency of standards implementation worldwide.
Caring for consumers – Responsible sourcing at all stages of production through GLOBALG.A.P. aquaculture certification
GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture is a third party certification system. All stages of production need to be certified in order to claim certified status at point of sale: feed, seedlings, farming and all post-harvest activities for traceability through the CoC standard. It covers all production systems for finfish, crustaceans and molluscs. The development is based on the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification. Food safety is a core requirement and the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is currently the only aquaculture certification program at farm level that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The environmental criteria include biodiversity and protected areas, while animal welfare for aquatic species has also been included in more detail starting with the new Version 5. In addition to the existing areas of occupational health and safety, the risk assessment on social practices has become a major requirement for every audit. There are currently 30 species certified under this system in 35 countries worldwide.
In order to increase the link between consumers and farmers, the GGN.ORG portal has been created.
A consumer label is now available for all operations that wish to communicate to consumers the efforts behind GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification.