Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is one of the world’s most comprehensive and proven third-party aquaculture certification programmes. 

Through the development of BAP certification standards, Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has become the leading standards-setting organisation for aquaculture seafood.

Why BAP?

BAP is the only seafood-specific certification programme capable of certifying every step in the aquaculture production chain and covers processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills.  Certificate owners are awarded the ‘Best Aquaculture Practices Certification’ mark for use on packaging of seafood products and promotional materials, demonstrating to consumers supplier commitment to providing safe and sustainably sourced seafood.

Global Reach

The BAP certification programme is benchmarked by globally recognised third parties, GSSI, GFSI, GSCP and encompasses environmental responsibility, social accountability, food safety and animal health and welfare.

What Is It?

BAP Certification is verification that producers are following best practices to deliver farmed seafood safely and responsibly.

A seafood- specific certification programme that addresses the four key areas of sustainability—environmental, social, food safety, and animal health & welfare—at each step of the aquaculture production chain.
Animal Welfare

There are a variety of factors that are considered when ensuring proper care is taken of the animals throughout the aquaculture production chain including stocking density, disease control, water quality, transportation methods and slaughter methods to which 100% compliance is required.

Food Safety

BAP is the only aquaculture certification programme in the world that offers a rigorous and robust third party food safety and residue testing programme.


Since the BAP programme was established in 2002, thousands of aquaculture producers worldwide have improved their practices, ensuring the industry is rising to the highest standards in the following areas:

  • Sediment and water quality
  • Fishmeal and fish oil conservation
  • Control of escapes and use of
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Predator and wildlife interactions
  • Storage and disposal of farm supplies

BAP-certified processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills are required to meet standards for adequate wages, a safe and healthy working environment and prevention of child labor and forced community relations.

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