Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)


On 4 October 2017 The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative has provided formal recognition of the two-star Best Aquaculture Practices Certification (BAP) for the scope of Aquaculture.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the two-star Best Aquaculture Practices Certification, for their Salmon Farms (Issue 2, Revision 3, October 2016), and Finfish and Crustacean Farms (Issue 2.4, 23 May 2017) standards, is in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied aquaculture farm audit standards.

Have a look at our factsheet to learn more about the benchmark process.

Scheme Owner

Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)

Date of Recognition

4 October 2017
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Aquaculture Certification
Aquaculture Facility Certification for Salmon Farms (Issue 2, Revision 3, October 2016) and Finfish and Crustacean Farms (Issue 2.4, 23 May 2017)



Steering Board Liaison

Ron Rogness, Vice President of Corporate Relations, American Seafoods Group

Independent Experts
  • Julie Dearman, Technical Manager, TESCO Plc. (until March 2017)
  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting (until March 2017)
  • Dr. John Hargreaves, Independent Consultant, Aquaculture Assessments Llc
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Kevin Swoffer, Director, KPS Resources & Food Safety Consultant
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Linh Nguyen, Consultant of SOCODEVI
  • Belinda Yaxley, Sustainability and Accreditation Officer, Petuna Aquaculture
  • Gregg Small, Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University, Food Science Innovation Center
Public Consultation


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standards

(Salmon Farms and Finfish and Crustacean Farms)