Why Certify With BAP?
Seafood buyers and suppliers globally prefer to source seafood from third-party-certified facilities for a variety of environmentally and socially responsible policy reasons. What makes the Best Aquaculture Practices program stand out are its comprehensive standards and influential network of seafood buyer and supplier endorsers.
Our work with foodservice, institutional and particularly retail buyers has shown us that they want the “one-stop shop” that BAP provides — not an approach of having to patch together various certification programs that cover only a portion of what the comprehensive BAP standards offer:
- BAP standards encompass the entire aquaculture production chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.
- All standards address every key element of responsible aquaculture, including environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability.
- The seafood processing plant standards are benchmarked against the latest Global Food Safety Initiative food-safety requirements.
- A market development team actively promotes the BAP program to retailers and foodservice operators worldwide on behalf of BAP-certified facilities.
What Leading Retailers Say About BAP
“The BAP program offers the highest level of trust necessary, in terms of environmental, social, ethical and food-safety impacts, to satisfy the growing requirements of ethically produced aquaculture.”
— Laky Zervudachi, Direct Seafoods
“We believe that the BAP standards are the best and, in fact, we use it for our own private-label products.”
— Lee French, Price Chopper Supermarkets
“Through the use of BAP, we are able to demonstrate with confidence to our customers and stakeholders the credentials in our seafood supply chains.”
— Huw Thomas, Morrisons
“We absolutely support and look for BAP as the primary certification for aquaculture.”
— Scott C. Williams, B.J.’s Wholesale Club
“The first question asked of any prospective new supplier is, ‘Are you BAP certified to a minimum of two stars?’”
— Carl Salamone, Wegmans Food Markets