To promote responsible practices across the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for hatcheries, farms, processing facilities and feed mills.
The BAP program drives continued improvements via high standards that deliver significant benefits industrywide.
The BAP standards currently cover aquaculture facilities for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, channel catfish and Pangasius. Additional standards are under development.
Hundreds of BAP-certified processing plants and farms worldwide now supply seafood produced in compliance with the BAP certification standards. To join the list of preferred sources, please review the Certification Process page for directions on how to apply for Best Aquaculture Practices certification.
Program applicants initially review and complete an application to enter the BAP program. Once accepted, facilities must undergo a site inspection and present specified production records for traceability for at least three months. After successful inspection, facilities pay a program fee based on total annual seafood production volume.
Commercial disasters declared for nine West Coast fisheries United Nations
The Commerce Secretariat determined that nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington experienced commercial failures, which will enable fishing communities to seek disaster relief assistance from Congress.
ICES identifies 'substantial' species distribution shifts Denmark
A total of 16 out of 21 species examined by experts of the Workshop on Fish Distribution Shifts in response to a request from the EC have shown changes in their distributions across the northeast Atlantic since 1985, with hake and mackerel shifting the most.