The Responsible Seafood Choice

BAP Certification

The Application Process

Step One – Prepare

Familiarize yourself with our standards by reviewing the set of BAP standards that applies to you. Then complete a free self-assessment form below to ensure you’re ready for an audit. If you discover you’re not ready, see our iBAP program.


Step Two – Application


  • Fill out electronic application and agreement
  • Complete short self-assessment questionnaire

Pay Application and Audit Fee

  • BAP sends invoice
  • Send payment

Step Three – Audit Arranged

  • Certification body assigned
  • Certification body contacts facility to schedule audit
  • Auditor assigned to facility, and audit dates confirmed

Step Four — Audit, Adjustments
& Close Out

Process takes approximately 60 days

  • On-ground audit complete
  • Non-conformities presented to facility
  • If required, facility submits corrective actions to auditor to address non-conformities
  • Auditor reviews and closes out non-conformities
  • Audit undergoes technical review by the certification body
  • Certification body makes determination of compliance or non-compliance to BAP standard
  • Certification body issues certificate to BAP

Step Five — Approval & Payment


  • BAP receives notice of final approval from certification body

Program Fee Payment

  • BAP sends invoice
  • Facility pays invoice
  • Once paid, BAP releases CB certification certificate to facility with validation letter

Marketing Benefits

  • BAP lists facility on BAP website
  • Facility receives BAP logo
  • Complementary Business Member status of the Global Aquaculture Alliance

iBAP: A Path to BAP Certification

The iBAP program is an optional precursor to BAP certification. The “i” stands for “improver.” It’s an opportunity for aquaculture facilities to be recognized by the marketplace as they improve their practices. The iBAP program provides the encouragement and incentive necessary to apply for BAP certification.

Facilities that enroll in the iBAP program receive technical support and agree to a step-by-step, deadline-driven plan as they prepare for full BAP certification. As less than 10% of global aquaculture production is currently third-party certified, the iBAP program opens doors for retailers and foodservice operators to source more responsibly farmed seafood.

The iBAP program is open to the entire aquaculture supply chain, including farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills. Facilities can apply directly or through organizations acting on their behalf, such as a processor or buyer. Questions? Contact

Major Species Eligible for BAP Certification

  • Arctic Char
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Auckland Rock Oyster
  • Barramundi
  • Beluga Sturgeon
  • Black Tilapia
  • Black-Spotted Grouper
  • Blackchin Tilapia
  • Blue Mussel
  • Blue Tilapia
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • California Mussel
  • Channel Catfish
  • Chilean Blue Mussel
  • Chilean Mussel
  • Chilean Oyster
  • Chinese Oyster
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Chum Salmon
  • Cobia
  • Coho Salmon
  • Eastern Oyster
  • European Flounder
  • European Oyster
  • European Sea Bass
  • Geoduck
  • Giant Catfish
  • Giant Freshwater Prawn
  • Giant Pacific Oyster
  • Giant Pangasius
  • Giant Tiger Prawn
  • Golden Pompano
  • Grass Carp
  • Indian Prawn
  • Lake Trout
  • Leather Carp
  • Longfin Tilapia
  • Mango Tilapia
  • Manila Clam
  • Mediterranean Mussel
  • Mirror Carp
  • New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel
  • Nile Tilapia
  • Northern Quahog
  • Orange Carp
  • Orange-Spotted Grouper
  • Pangasius
  • Portuguese Oyster
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Red Sea Bream
  • Red Swamp Crawfish
  • Redbreast Tilapia
  • Sea Bream
  • Silver Carp
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Softshell Clam
  • Southern Flounder
  • Steelhead Trout
  • Striped Bass
  • Striped Pangasius
  • Summer Flounder
  • Sutchi Catfish
  • Swai
  • Sydney Rock Oyster
  • Turbot
  • Vannamei Shrimp
  • Whiteleg Shrimp
  • Winter Flounder
  • Yellow Perch

Contact us if your species is missing!

BAP Certification Team

Ali Blais

BAP Certification Manager
1-603-317-5000 x 151

Brittany Stevens

BAP Certification Body Coordinator
1-603-317-5000 x166

Glorya Alexander

BAP Certification Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x165 x162

Chris Bartlett

BAP Certification Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x165

Shaun O’Loughlin

BAP Certification Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x163

Valerie Roy

BAP Certification Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x164

Jason Trott

BAP Certification Specialist
1-603-317-5000 x115

Cassandra Jewett

BAP Administrative Assistant
1-603-317-5000 x138