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The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit organization committed to feeding the world through responsible, sustainable aquaculture. Representing dozens of individuals, associations and businesses associated with aquaculture and seafood around the world, GAA works to improve practices and increase output across the entire aquaculture production chain.

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1997

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Global Aquaculture Alliance Founded

Founding stakeholder members from 12 countries established GAA as a non-profit, based upon a shared vision that aquaculture is vital to feed the world, but it must grow in a coordinated and responsible fashion.

1998

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Guiding Principles for Responsible Aquaculture Defined

To advance environmental and social responsibility throughout the farming, processing and distribution of aquaculture products, GAA published guiding principles.

Sustainable Aquaculture Research Funded

Collaborated with McArthur Foundation to support the Network of Aquaculture Centres of Asia’s sustainable aquaculture research.

Global Aquaculture Advocate Magazine Launched

The Global Aquaculture Advocate magazine, the world’s leading publication on efficient and responsible aquaculture, debuts in May.

1999

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Presented at World Aquaculture ‘99 Conference

Invited to present multiple presentations at World Aquaculture ‘99 Conference in Australia.

Published Codes of Practice for Responsible Shrimp Farming

GAA releases Codes of Practice for Responsible Shrimp Farming, which state that farms should not be built on ecologically sensitive mangrove areas or other wetlands.

FAO Grants GAA Liaison Status

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations accepts GAA’s Liaison Status request.

2001

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USDA Taps GAA to Improve Safety of Farmed Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeks GAA collaboration to improve microbiological safety of farmed shrimp.

Annual Global Shrimp Outlook Event Launched

GAA organizes GSOL 2001, the Global Shrimp Outlook conference in Singapore.

Responsible Aquaculture Program Introduced

Guiding Principles and Codes of Practice evolve into a Responsible Aquaculture Program with measurable Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards.

2002

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Food Safety Section Added to Codes of Practice

GAA Codes of Practice was updated to include a food-safety section addressing seafood contaminants.

Aquaculture Certification Council Formed

William More is appointed director of the newly formed ACC, which is responsible for independently overseeing facility certification and certifier training.

2003

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First Shrimp Farm Certified

Aquaculture Certification Council program certifies a shrimp farm in Belize to GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices standards.

GAA/ACC Endorses USFDA Enhanced Seafood Safety Initiative

The goal of this initiative is to further reduce the incidence of foodborne illness.

2004

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Shrimp Hatchery Certification Standards Complete

GAA releases BAP certification standards for shrimp hatcheries.

First Seafood Processing Plant Certified

Honduras seafood processing plant earns BAP program certification.

2005

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GAA Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Morrison is the first GAA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Leading Retailers Endorse BAP Certification Program

Wal-Mart Stores, Darden Restaurants endorse BAP, require certification for suppliers.

2006

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BAP Certification Makes Gains in Asia

BAP meets with Chinese government representatives; processing plants in Thailand and other parts of Asia gain certification.

Strategic Industry Unity Pursued

GAA seeks cooperation with Salmon of the Americas, Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation and other groups under Strategic Industry Unity concept.

2007

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Stevens Named Executive Director

Wally Stevens is appointed as GAA executive director.

Mangrove Restoration Project Piloted

GAA partners with Conservation International for a pilot mangrove restoration project in the Philippines.

Enhanced Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership Conference Unveiled

GAA’s annual GSOL/GFOL conference is enriched and renamed GOAL.

2008

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Tilapia & Catfish Standards Available

BAP certification standards for tilapia and catfish farms completed.

Standards Oversight Committee Formed

BAP program forms Standards Oversight Committee of varied stakeholders.

2009

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Sodexo Adopts BAP Certification

Sodexo requires BAP certification for all of its contracted purchases of aquaculture products sold in North America by 2015.

2010

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BAP Program Achieves GFSI Food Safety Benchmark

Benchmarking of BAP by GFSI is a testament that BAP-certified processing plants meet the highest standards for food safety.

BAP Standards for Feed Mills & Pangasius Farms Completed

BAP certification expands to include feed mills and farms that raise Pangasius.

BAP Certification Key To Kroger Seafood Sustainability Policy

Operating over 2,400 grocery stores in 31 U.S. states, Kroger Co. adopts BAP certification as part of supplier sustainability policies.

2011

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BAP Standards for Salmon Issued

The first salmon facility receives certification under the newly released BAP salmon farm standards.

First Pangasius Facility Certified

The first facilities for Pangasius production earn BAP certification.

2012

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Responsible Aquaculture Foundation Established

GAA is the founding supporter of RAF, a new charitable aquaculture education and training organization.

EMS Case Study Initiated

The World Bank and Responsible Aquaculture Foundation initiate a case study on early mortality syndrome affecting shrimp in Vietnam.

BAP Program Reaches 1-Million-Metric-Ton Milestone

At the end of October, the combined annual output from BAP-certified processing plants exceeds 1 million metric tons of seafood.

2013

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Deadly Pathogen Causing EMS Uncovered

Research finds EMS is caused by a bacterial agent that produces a toxin in shrimp that destroys their digestive tissues.

 

BAP Finfish & Crustacean Standards Cover New Species

New BAP standards for finfish and crustacean farms open up the BAP program to a number of finfish and crustacean species not previously covered.

GAA Signs MoU With ASC & GLOBALG.A.P

This agreement is to explore ways to reduce duplication of effort for farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills that undertake certification by more than one of the three organizations’ certification programs.

BAP Mussel Farm Standards Completed

The BAP program expands its coverage of shellfish with the completion of new standards for mussel farms.

2014

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Landmark Recognition for BAP Certification Program

Two-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) shrimp standards are equivalent to a yellow “Good Alternative” rating from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program.

GAA Joins SFP & National Fish to Assist Smallholders

GAA partners with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and National Fish & Seafood on a pilot project to bring small-scale shrimp farmers closer to BAP certification.

MoU Advances Responsible Aquaculture in China

GAA signs memorandum of understanding with the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance to advance responsible aquaculture in China.

New BAP Hatchery Standards Completed

The BAP program expands its coverage with the completion of new BAP hatchery and nursery standards for finfish, crustaceans and mollusks.