The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program employs a star system to indicate the integration levels of BAP certification along the aquaculture production chain.
To use the BAP-provided artwork on packaging, facilities must sign a Certification Mark Agreement and display the BAP label and star denotations in the following manner:
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only, BAP-certified hatchery only and BAP-certified feed mill only
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant, BAP-certified farm(s) only and BAP-certified hatchery and/or feed mill only
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant and BAP-certified farm(s) only
Product produced by a BAP-certified processing plant
Facilities listed as part of a 2-, 3- or 4-star production group means that they are capable of producing the multi-star product. It does not mean that 100% of the group’s production is multi-star. Buyers are urged to ask suppliers to clearly identify the star status of a product and the volume of 2-, 3- or 4-star product as part of a purchasing specification.
Product cannot be claimed or sold as 2, 3 or 4 star, whether the logo is used on product or not, unless the rules in the standards and stated here are strictly followed. Use of the BAP logo, or making any BAP-related claims, requires registration with BAP. The logo and any BAP-related claims are registered trademarks of GAA/BAP.
Product cannot be called 2, 3 or 4 star unless each facility as below is certified as part of a registered 2-, 3- or 4-star group. Product can only be claimed as 2 star from a BAP-certified processing plant with product that comes only from a BAP-certified farm. If, for example, there are five farms supplying a BAP-certified processing plant, but only one of the farms is BAP certified, only the product from that one BAP-certified farm is allowed to be claimed, represented and sold as BAP 2 star. Product from the other farms shall be kept separate and cannot be claimed in any way as BAP 2 star. The same principal applies for 3- and 4-star claims.
Companies handling seafood products that are not BAP certified, or are BAP certified at different star levels, must physically segregate these products from one another. The BAP retail mark, or the claiming of BAP status in any other way, is prohibited for use on non-certified products. Precise seafood production records must be maintained as product is procured, handled and sold. Utilizing approved traceability systems, processing facilities must perform “mass balance” computations for each lot of 2-, 3- and 4-star product. The facilities are subject to annual audits to verify that robust systems are in place. Auditors perform independent trace-back exercises and mass balance during the audits, too. Further, the BAP Program Integrity team conducts unannounced audits to verify these computations are accurate. These are performed both onsite and via desktop trace-back exercises to confirm the effectiveness of the systems.
Unique BAP star category identifiers and quantity breakdowns must accompany documents received for each shipment to buyers. Facilities certified to two or more stars must also provide quarterly information about volumes received from each supplier, volumes produced within each applicable star category and product destinations.
Additionally, BAP frequently monitors BAP logo usage, brand identity and product claims in the marketplace to ensure compliance by facilities using the BAP mark on packaging.