Snif-Snax, a Miami-based pet treat producer, has received a globally recognized seafood quality benchmark for its fish-based pet treats. Snif-Snax's Smoked Salmon and Sweet Potato Bites have been awarded full four star BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) accreditation by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

The award is one way the Global Aqualculture Alliance encourages companies to produce fish-based products using the best possible environmental, food safety, animal health and welfare and traceability standards.

Snif-Snax are made with four star BAP Atlantic salmon and organic sweet potato with no colorants, chemicals or other additives.

"We set up Snif-Snax because we love dogs and we wanted to give them human grade, quality treats,” said Snif-Snax owner Jonathan Brown in a press release. "We use only the best Atlantic salmon and we are delighted BAP has recognized the lengths we go to in ensuring Snif-Snax contains nothing but the best natural ingredients. We simply take the best quality salmon, mince it, add sweet potato and form it into sausages. We then hand cut it into slices, bake it and smoke it over real wood chips.”

Fish-based pet food and treats on the rise

The award reflects the popularity of seafood-based pet food and treat products. Pet owners are interested in fish-based treats for a number of reasons. According to pet nutritionist David Southey in his latest video for Fish4Dogsfish-based pet food diet could be the answer if a pet suffers from a sensitive stomach.

Fish can help counter sensitivity as it has lower fat levels and less dense muscle fiber, which makes it easy to digest and allows dogs to extract more nutrients, he said. A sensitive stomach is not a disease but a symptom of underlying cause – often triggered by poor diet or external factors.

Fish also benefits from having well-balanced amino acid profile, which are the building blocks for protein.