The Responsible Seafood Choice

Our Aquaculture Standards

Integrity In Standards Development

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) coordinates the development of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for seafood processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. The standards are developed and continually updated through production method-specific technical committees and under the guidance of a Standards Coordinator as well as a 12-member Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) comprised of members with broad stakeholder representation — one-third conservation, one-third academia and one-third industry. After review by the SOC, standards are modified, if necessary, and published for 60 days of public comment. The committee’s consideration of comments leads to a final draft that must be approved by the SOC and GAA Board of Directors before implementation.

BAP Standards

Standards & Guidelines Standard Version & Release Date Date Audits Must Use This Version Translated Standards
Finfish & Crustacean Farms English, Issue 2.4; 23 May 2017 23 May 2017 Spanish
Mollusk Farms English, Version 1;
May 2016
6 May 2016 Chinese & English
Finfish, Crustacean & Mollusk Hatcheries & Nurseries English, Version 1; September 2014 30 September 2014 Spanish
Feed Mills English, Issue 2.1; 23 May 2017 24 May 2017 Spanish
Salmon Farms English, Issue 2 Revision 3
October 2016
15 October 2017 Spanish
Seafood Processing & Repacking Plants English, Issue 4 Revision 2; December 2015 Spanish

Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & Auditors:
Seafood Processing Plant Standards — Food Safety HACCP Compliance at Reception 5.2.10
Seafood Processing Plant Standards — Effluent Records 2.4.1
Seafood Processing Plant Standards — Outsourcing & Specifications, Processes & Services 2.9.2
Seafood Processing Plant Standards — Third Party Laboratory Sampling & Testing, Verification Requirement (Annex 5)

Public Comment

All comments received during the public comment process are carefully considered for inclusion in the final draft, and all properly submitted comments will be acknowledged. Outside of defined public comment periods, interested parties may submit comments to any member of the Standards Oversight Committee for consideration. View the latest BAP standards review schedule.

Notice: The comment period for the BAP Biosecurity Area Management Standards ended on February 12. Questions? Contact BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee at

View past public comments here:

Standards Oversight Committee

Dr. George Chamberlain

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Sebastian Belle

Maine Aquaculture Association Director

Estelle Brennan

Lyons Seafoods Ltd.

Pete Bridson

Seagreen Research

Dr. Alejandro Buschmann

i-mar Research and Development Center of Coastal Resources and Environments

Kathy Janiga

FQS Global Inc., Mark Foods Inc.

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen

Independent Social Development Consultant

Dr. David Little

University of Stirling

Dr. Steve Otwell

University of Florida

Dawn Purchase

Marine Conservation Society

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Aquarium of the Pacific

Dr. Michael Tlusty

New England Aquarium

Lisa Tucker

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Dan Lee

BAP Standards Coordinator
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