A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing plants — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
Part of BAP’s mission is to help educate the aquaculture public regarding the benefits of applying Best Aquaculture Practices and the advancing scientific technology that directs them. By implementing BAP standards, program participants can better meet the demands of the growing global market for wholesome seafood produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Best Aquaculture Practices offers a primarily “process” certification. Successful participation in the BAP program is visually represented by limited use of the BAP certification mark.
BAP currently certifies farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing facilities that support the production of shrimp, salmon, tilapia, Pangasius and a range of other finfish and crustacean species.
Organized in 1997, the Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international non-profit, non-governmental trade organization. It develops the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies.