The Responsible Seafood Choice

BAP Aquaculture Standards

Integrity In Certification 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 Development Process

BAP Standards Development Process

BAP Standards

Revised Seafood Processing Plant Standard

The Seafood Processing Standard (SPS) Issue 5.0 is the latest version of the Seafood Processing Standard which covers both wild caught and aquaculture species under the four pillars of responsible seafood: food safety, environmental sustainability, social accountability, and animal welfare. SPS Issue 5.0 was approved by the Global Aquaculture Alliance Standards Oversight Committee on September 23, 2018 and was successfully benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) on October 30, 2018.

This Standard is in transition, which means that new certification or recertification Applicants will transition to it from the current Issue 4.2. Potential applicants are welcome to review this standard to prepare for certification under SPS Issue 5.0. Applicants who are qualified to apply should contact

GAA Response to Comments received for the Seafood Processing Standard, Issue 5.0

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

Standards Oversight Committee

Dr. George Chamberlain

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Sebastian Belle

Maine Aquaculture Association Director

Estelle Brennan

Lyons Seafoods Ltd.

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
Tuan Hoang Nguyen

Tuan Hoang Nguyen

BlueYou Vietnam
Dr. Steve Otwell

Dr. Steve Otwell

University of Florida
Dr. Jerry Schubel

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Michael Tlusty

Dr. Michael Tlusty

University of Massachusetts
Dan Lee

Dan Lee

BAP Standards Coordinator
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