The Responsible Seafood Choice

BAP Aquaculture Standards

Integrity In Certification Standards Development

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) coordinates the development of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for seafood processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. The standards are developed and continually updated through production method-specific technical committees and under the guidance of a Standards Coordinator as well as a 12-member Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) comprised of members with broad stakeholder representation — one-third conservation, one-third academia and one-third industry. After review by the SOC, standards are modified, if necessary, and published for 60 days of public comment. The committee’s consideration of comments leads to a final draft that must be approved by the SOC and GAA Board of Directors before implementation.

BAP Standards Development Process

BAP Standards Development Process

BAP Standards

Standards & Guidelines Audits Must Use This Issue
Biosecurity Area Management
Issue 1.031 October 2018
Finfish & Crustacean Farms
Issue 2.423 May 2017
Notice to certified Finfish and Crustacean FarmsBAP bans use of Critically Important Antimicrobials
Mollusk Farms
Issue 1.01 May 2016
Finfish, Crustacean & Mollusk Hatcheries & Nurseries
Issue 1.001 September 2014
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline - BAP RAS Hatchery Effluent GuidanceAmendment to Finfish, Crustacean and Mollusk Hatcheries and
Nurseries Standard
Issue 1.0
Feed Mills
Issue 2.1May 2017
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & AuditorsAmendment to Feed Mill Standard Issue 2.1
Issue 1.0
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & AuditorsFeed Mill Issue 2.1 Guidance on Fish Oil
Issue 1.0
Salmon Farms
Issue 2.313 October 2016
Notice to certified Salmon FarmsBAP bans use of Critically Important Antimicrobials
Seafood Processing & Repacking Plants
Issue 4.231 December 2015
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & Auditors:Guidance applied to Annex 3 Effluent Management Requirements
Issue 1.0
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & Auditors:Food Safety HACCP Compliance at Reception 5.2.10
Issue 1.1
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & AuditorsOutsourcing & Specifications, Processes & Services 2.9.2
Issue 1.1
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & AuditorsEffluent Records 2.4.1
Issue 1.1
Supplementary Interpretation Guideline for Applicants & AuditorsThird Party Laboratory Sampling & Testing
Verification Requirement (Annex 5)
Issue 1.2
Revised Seafood Processing Plant Standard

The Seafood Processing Standard (SPS) Issue 5.0 is the latest version of the Seafood Processing Standard which covers both wild caught and aquaculture species under the four pillars of responsible seafood: food safety, environmental sustainability, social accountability, and animal welfare. SPS Issue 5.0 was approved by the Global Aquaculture Alliance Standards Oversight Committee on September 23, 2018 and was successfully benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) on October 30, 2018.

This Standard is in transition, which means that new certification or recertification Applicants will transition to it from the current Issue 4.2. Potential applicants are welcome to review this standard to prepare for certification under SPS Issue 5.0. Applicants who are qualified to apply should contact

GAA Response to Comments received for the Seafood Processing Standard, Issue 5.0

All comments received during the public comment process are carefully considered for inclusion in the final draft, and all properly submitted comments will be acknowledged. Outside of defined public comment periods, interested parties may submit comments to any member of the Standards Oversight Committee for consideration.

View the latest BAP standards review schedule

Standards Oversight Committee

Dr. George Chamberlain

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Sebastian Belle

Maine Aquaculture Association Director

Estelle Brennan

Lyons Seafoods Ltd.

Dr. Alejandro Buschmann

i-mar Research and Development Center of Coastal Resources and Environments

Kathy Janiga

FQS Global Inc., Mark Foods Inc.

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen

Independent Social Development Consultant

Dr. David Little

University of Stirling
Tuan Hoang Nguyen

Tuan Hoang Nguyen

BlueYou Vietnam
Dr. Steve Otwell

Dr. Steve Otwell

University of Florida
Dr. Jerry Schubel

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Michael Tlusty

Dr. Michael Tlusty

University of Massachusetts
Dan Lee

Dan Lee

BAP Standards Coordinator
1-603-317-5000 x1005
Tyler Isaac

Tyler Isaac

Monterey Bay Aquarium