Frequently Asked Questions
“The BAP program offers the highest level of trust necessary, in terms of environmental, social, ethical and food-safety impacts, to satisfy the growing requirements of ethically produced aquaculture.”
— Laky Zervudachi, Direct Seafoods
What is BAP?
The Best Aquaculture Practices program is an international certification system that verifies environmentally and socially responsible processes under which farmed shrimp, salmon, tilapia, Pangasius, mussels and other finfish and crustacean species are produced. Seafood facilities that participate in BAP certification apply standardized best management practices in every phase of their operations to ensure food safety, environmental integrity, social responsibility, animal welfare and traceability.
Why should I buy BAP-certified seafood?
Seafood produced under BAP standards is better for the environment, better for you and better for the greater global community. BAP-certified farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing plants apply practices that minimize environmental impacts, respect workers’ rights and produce wholesome products sustainably.
When the “Best Aquaculture Practices Certified” mark appears on packaging, you can be sure the seafood was produced and taken to market with care. Care for the environment, care for the community and care for the important role aquaculture provides in feeding the growing world population − now and into the future.
What makes BAP certification more comprehensive than others?
BAP certification is currently available for farms that raise a variety of finfish and crustacean species, mussel farms, feed mills, hatcheries and seafood processing plants. More than 700 BAP-certified facilities can be found in Asia, Latin America and other parts of the world.
The comprehensive BAP standards developed under the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Standards Oversight Committee go well beyond environmental sustainability to encompass food safety, social responsibility, animal welfare and traceability.
How do I know the seafood at my market is BAP-certified?
Look for the blue “Best Aquaculture Practices Certified” mark on packaging. The BAP program covers a variety of frozen and prepared finfish and crustacean species. A certification number near the center of the mark indicates where the product was processed.
We encourage all participating retailers to display a sign that notifies consumers the seafood they sell is “Best Aquaculture Practices Certified.” Or ask your seafood retailer if they buy BAP-certified farmed seafood.
Where can I buy seafood from BAP-certified facilities?
Major retailers worldwide have adopted Best Aquaculture Practices certification, including global leaders such as Walmart, Kroger, Darden Restaurants, Tesco and Morrisons, which specify BAP certification for their seafood suppliers.
Additional companies in North America, Europe and Australia support BAP in various ways. You can find the “Best Aquaculture Practices Certified” retail mark on seafood packaging at these and other stores.
What are the Best Aquaculture Practices standards?
The BAP program is based around standards that spell out what practices are necessary to produce wholesome seafood in a responsible way. For farms that raise fish or crustaceana, for example, the standards call for biodiversity protection, effluent limits, worker safety and strict controls on chemical use. The seafood processing plant standards reinforce existing HACCP plans and require the ability to trace products back through the supply chain to their sources. The feed mill standards require a move toward sustainable sources for feed ingredients.
Why do I see other certification labels on seafood packaging?
A number of regional and international organizations certify various elements of production for both wild and farmed seafood. In terms of aquaculture certification standards, the BAP standards address much more than the environmental issues typically considered by other groups. In addition to these important environmental concerns, BAP addresses social justice to protect workers, animal health and welfare, and food safety.