BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA)

Scheme

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has provided formal recognition of the BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) scheme for the scope of Aquaculture.

GSSI’s recognition shows that their Farm Standard (Issue 1, Revision 1, November 2018) 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

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

Date of Recognition

6 February 2019
Read the news release

Scope of Recognition

Aquaculture Certification
BIM CQA Farm Standard (Issue 1, Revision 1, November 2018).

Steering Board Liaison

Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union

Independent Experts
  • Sarah Ogston-Gray, Ogston-Gray Food Consulting
  • Dr. Trevor Ward, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Waterfront Associates
  • Josanna Busby, Category Manager, Seafood, Sidecase, Frozen Meats & Seafood, Food Lion, LLC
  • Gregg Small, Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University, Food Science Innovation Center
Public Consultation

December 13, 2018 – January 12, 2019
No comments received

Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA)

Date of MOCA Completion: March 1, 2020

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.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s (BIM) MOCA process was completed on the 1st of March 2021 and continued recognition was approved. Read the overview here.

The Independent Experts were:

  • Sarah Ogston-Gray, Ogston-Gray Food Consulting
  • Dr. Trevor Ward, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney

The Benchmark Committee members were:

  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Waterfront Associates
  • Josanna Busby, Category Manager, Seafood, Sidecase, Frozen Meats & Seafood, Food Lion, LLC
  • Gregg Small, Adjunct Faculty, Washington State University, Food Science Innovation Center

Governance

Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standard