BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA)


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

Kevin Swoffer, Director, KPS Resources & Food Safety Consultant Dr. Francis Murray, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling 

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, Global Quality Assurance Director, Mazzetta Company
Public Consultation

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


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Aquaculture Certification Standard