Best Aquaculture Practices

What We Do

A Program with
Integrity

We've structured our program to ensure the highest level of integrity, with a team of staff members dedicated to ensuring that independent, third-party certification bodies (CBs) and auditors as well as BAP-certified aquaculture facilities are in compliance with program requirements.

Program Integrity Library

BAP Standards Development Structure & Process

To promote broad stakeholder involvement, consensus and transparency in the standards development process, GAA delegates the primary guidance and oversight for the process to a Standards Oversight Committee (SOC).

Issue 2.1 - 28 April 2017

BAP Group Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) policy for Farm and Hatchery Group Programs.

Issue 1.0 - 13 Dec 2018

BAP Cluster Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programs & requirements for Certification of CLUSTER Farms and Hatcheries.

Issue 1.2 - 29 March 2019

BAP Re-Audit Program

The BAP Policy on Re-Audits for Processing Plants.

Issue 4.1 - 28 June 2017

CB Requirements

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 14.6 - 10 June 2019

Criteria for CB Applicants

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 3.2 - 19 April 2018

New CB Registration Form

Certification bodies interested in seeking approval as a CB under the BAP standards must be able to demonstrate experience and compentency of CB personnel and auditors in seafood and aquaculture in addition to overall auditing and certification management.

Dec 2012

Auditor Competency & Course Approval Requirements

The BAP conducts several Auditor Training Courses each year, in different regions around the world, teaching seven possible auditor competencies. Participants include New Auditor Candidates, Returning Auditors, and Observers. Qualifications for auditor training must be met and maintained according to the requirements of the standard.

Issue 11.1 - 23 April 2019

BAP Logo Guidelines — Current

This document is designed to ensure the BAP logo is being used appropriately. This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide will be effective through October 1 2020.

Issue 1.0 - 29 June 2017

BAP Logo Guidelines — New

This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide includes the newly designed BAP logo and will be mandatory beginning October 1 2020.

Issue 2.0 - 25 July 2019

Complaints, Appeals & Disputes

Complaints, appeals and disputes regarding certification brought to the attention of BAP are handled by BAP or referred to the CB involved, depending on the nature of the complaint.

Issue 2.3 - 17 Sept 2018

GAA Bylaws

The GAA bylaws are available upon request by contacting programintegrity@bapcertification.org

Please add "GAA Bylaws Request" to the subject of your request email.

 

BAP Standards Development Structure & Process

To promote broad stakeholder involvement, consensus and transparency in the standards development process, GAA delegates the primary guidance and oversight for the process to a Standards Oversight Committee (SOC).

Issue 2.1 - 28-April-2017

BAP Group Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) policy for Farm and Hatchery Group Programs.

Issue 1.0 - 13 Dec 2018

BAP Cluster Program

The GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programs & requirements for Certification of CLUSTER Farms and Hatcheries.

Issue 1.2 - 29 March 2019

BAP Re-Audit Program

The BAP Policy on Re-Audits for Processing Plants.

Issue 4.1 - 28 June 2017

CB Requirements

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue 14.6 - 10 June 2019

Criteria for CB Applicants

Requirements for certification bodies offering certification against the BAP standards.

Issue3.2 - 19 April 2018

New CB Registration Form

Certification bodies interested in seeking approval as a CB under the BAP standards must be able to demonstrate experience and compentency of CB personnel and auditors in seafood and aquaculture in addition to overall auditing and certification management.

Dec 2012

Auditor Competency & Course Approval Requirements

The BAP conducts several Auditor Training Courses each year, in different regions around the world, teaching seven possible auditor competencies. Participants include New Auditor Candidates, Returning Auditors, and Observers. Qualifications for auditor training must be met and maintained according to the requirements of the standard.

Issue 11.1 - 23 April 2019

BAP Logo Guidelines — Current

This document is designed to ensure the BAP logo is being used appropriately. This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide will be effective through October 1 2020.

Issue 1.0 - 29 June 2017

BAP Logo Guidelines — New

This version of the BAP Logo Use Guide includes the newly designed BAP logo and will be mandatory beginning October 1 2020.

Issue 2.0 - 25 July 2019

Complaints, Appeals & Disputes

Complaints, appeals and disputes regarding certification brought to the attention of BAP are handled by BAP or referred to the CB involved, depending on the nature of the complaint.

Issue 2.3 - 17 Sept 2018

GAA Bylaws

The GAA bylaws are available upon request by contacting programintegrity@bapcertification.org

Please add "GAA Bylaws Request" to the subject of your request email.

 

Certification Bodies

To be recgonized by BAP, CBs must be accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by an International Accreditation Forum-member accreditation body and a Multilateral Recognition Arrangements signatory to another internationally recognized scheme.


Auditor Training

New auditor candidates, existing auditors requiring refresher training, and observers — including government officials, producers and other industry stakeholders — are encouraged to attend our regularly held BAP auditor training courses.


Upcoming Training Courses

Details to come January 2020!


Auditor Compentency &
Course Approval Requirements

Interested in attending a course?

Logo Policing

The BAP logo employs a star system to signify the levels of BAP certification along the aquaculture production chain. These stars are displayed on the BAP logo and appear on packaging for a variety of farmed seafood products worldwide.

We maintain a logo-approval and logo-policing process to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately with the help of Field Agent, a mobile market research and auditing firm.

Logo Policing

The BAP logo employs a star system to signify the levels of BAP certification along the aquaculture production chain. These stars are displayed on the BAP logo and appear on packaging for a variety of farmed seafood products worldwide.

We maintain a logo-approval and logo-policing process to ensure that the BAP logo is being used appropriately with the help of Field Agent, a mobile market research and auditing firm.

Questions about logo use?

Download the BAP Logo Guidelines to ensure the you're using the BAP logo appropriately and that any claims associated with GAA or BAP are accurate.