Organized in 1997, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) developed the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies. The mission of the Global Aquaculture Alliance is to further environmentally responsible aquaculture to meet world food needs.
Through its Best Aquaculture Practices program, GAA encourages the use of responsible production systems that are sustainable regarding environmental and community needs, and efficiently provide safe, wholesome aquaculture products to the world’s population.
GAA articulates the importance of aquaculture as a source of food and employment. It supports technological research and provides this information openly to membership and research facilities. The alliance also advocates for the industry regionally and globally, and promotes effective, coordinated government regulatory and international trade policies.
To promote responsible practices across the aquaculture industry, the Global Aquaculture Alliance coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for hatcheries, farms, processing facilities and feed mills. The Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability in a voluntary certification program for aquaculture facilities. BAP certification defines the most important elements of responsible aquaculture and provides quantitative guidelines by which to evaluate adherence to those practices.
The BAP program outlines standards for each type of facility, from hatchery and feed mill to farm and processing plant. The recent addition of new multi-species farm standards for finfish and crustacean production opens up the program to a number of new species. Similarly, seafood processing plants can now be certified to a broader range of species.
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