Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)


On 4 October 2017, The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative formally recognized the Best Aquaculture Practices Certification (BAP) for the scope of Aquaculture. BAP has now been successfully re-benchmarked for their BAP Farm Standard (version 3.1, 2021), Salmon Farms Standard (version 2.4, 2016), and Mollusk Farms Standard (version 1.2, 2021).

Scheme Owner

Global Seafood Alliance (GSA)

Date of Recognition

7 November 2023
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Aquaculture Certification
BAP Farm Standard (version 3.0, 2021), Salmon Farms Standard (version 2.3, 2016), Mollusk Farms Standard (version 1.1, 2021)



Steering Board Liaison

Adriana Sanchez

Independent Experts
  • Osires de Melo
  • Francis Murray
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Josanna Busby
  • Josie Foster
  • Nigel Peacock
Public Consultation

23 June – 23 July 2017

9 August – 8 September 2023

Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA)

Date of MOCA Completion: October 4, 2019

The Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) procedure is a periodic review process where the Scheme provides a full overview of any changes in the Scheme’s ownership, management or the standard itself. This report on the Scheme’s continued implementation is reviewed by independent experts, who make a recommendation on continued recognition of the Scheme.

Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) Certification’s process for the Finfish and Crustacean Farms standard (Issue 2, Revision 3, 16th November 2016) and the Salmon Farms standard (Issue 2, Revision, 3, October 2016) was completed on 4th October 2019 and continued recognition was approved. Read the overview here.

The Independent Experts were:

  • Sarah Ogston-Gray, Ogston-Gray Food Consulting
  • Dr. Francis Murray, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

The Benchmark Committee Members were:

  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Belinda Yaxley, Sustainability and Accreditation Officer, Petuna Aquaculture
  • Gregg Small, Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University, Food Science Innovation Center


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standards

(Salmon Farms and Finfish and Crustacean Farms)