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Best Aquaculture Practices

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification audits – enable your organization to demonstrate its commitment to providing safe and sustainably sourced seafood.

SGS is an approved certification body for the GAA BAP certification.

The Global Aqualcuture Alliance (GAA) developed BAP standards, a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities, which addresses environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability. BAP certification enables aquaculture farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills to reassure everyone involved in the industry, including consumers, that their seafood is raised and processed to the highest industry best practices. At SGS we can audit your business against the BAP standards to demonstrate compliance, identify shortcomings and recommend certification as appropriate.

Key elements of BAP certification audits include:


  • Sediment and water quality
  • Fishmeal and fish oil conservation
  • Control of escapes and use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Predator and wildlife interactions
  • Storage and disposal of farm supplies

Social responsibility

  • Property rights and regulatory compliance
  • Community relations
  • Worker safety
  • Employee relations

Animal welfare

  • Health and welfare
  • Biosecurity and disease management

Food safety

  • Control of residues and contaminants
  • Harvest and transport
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)


  • Record-keeping requirement

Why choose BAP certification?

Successful participants in the BAP program are awarded the ‘Best Aquaculture Practices Certification’ mark for use on packaging of seafood products and promotional materials, demonstrating to consumers your commitment to providing safe and sustainably sourced seafood. The BAP Seafood Processing Plant Standard is also benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This means on successful completion of the BAP program you can now receive both BAP certification and GFSI compliance through a single audit process.

Why choose a BAP certification audit from SGS?

SGS is positioned to audit against the highest levels of quality and safety. Our network of food testing laboratories allows fast and efficient examination and testing of all the effluent and seafood samples needed to determine compliance with BAP criteria. As an approved BAP Certification Body (CB) we and the BAP Management Group validate your compliance to the BAP standards.

Find out how sustainable seafood certification audits in accordance with the BAP standards can help your organization. Contact your local SGS office to find the right solution for your country and scope of operation.

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