What We Do
The Global Aquaculture Alliance promotes responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy and demonstration.
To feed the world through responsible aquaculture.
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, integrity, and respect within our organization. Our core values act as a constant and immutable guide to all of our decisions and actions, and are as follows:
- Executing decisions based on scientific facts and standards
- Providing outstanding customer service to our members and associates; from the small farm to the board room
- Implementing and promoting safe and responsible practices
- Holding ourselves, and others, accountable when expectations are not met
- Maintaining a global perspective when relating to our neighbors and addressing challenges
Through these values we accomplish our mission, realize our vision, and create a safe and healthy environment for our stakeholders throughout the aquaculture supply chain.
GAA has made a long-standing commitment to advance responsible aquaculture practices, defend the farmed seafood industry through well-founded science and grow a sustainable global seafood supply. In its formative years, GAA defended aquaculture against misinformation regarding the sustainability of the industry. While these efforts continue, GAA has evolved to proactively address both production and market issues by working with all aquaculture stakeholders on practical solutions. GAA serves on request as a resource to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. State Department and as a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Liaison.
As the GAA timeline illustrates, a wide-range of global aquaculture concerns and opportunities ebb and flow.
Here are just a few key issues that are working to improve:
Processing plants and farms certified against the BAP standards must ensure a safe, healthy working environment. In total, the BAP processing plant standards contain 48 clauses related to worker safety, health and employee relations and intentionally address wages and other terms of employment and the use of child and forced labor.
“Some seafood certification programs side step the thorny issue of labor conditions. But, to its credit, GAA has adopted a comprehensive approach that attaches great importance to social issues.”
— BAP Standards Coordinator Dan Lee
GAA takes a proactive stance against the abuse of antibiotics in aquaculture, and the BAP program provides a mechanism to follow up on alleged infractions. Restrictions on antibiotic use are addressed in great detail in both the BAP finfish and crustacean farm standards and BAP seafood processing plant standards. GAA is also developing a more rigorous risk-based testing methodology that will require automatic heightened testing of processing plants where residues of prohibited antibiotics are detected.
Gaining market access is a major benefit of the BAP program, as many of the world’s leading retail and foodservice companies require third-party certification of the facilities from which they source seafood. GAA has a BAP market development team actively promoting the BAP program to retailers and foodservice operators worldwide on behalf of BAP-certified facilities.