Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)

BAP is the first complete aquaculture certification program with global presence to be recognized by Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) and by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

BAP is administered by Global Aquaculture Alliance (GGA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, educating and leading responsible aquaculture.

BAP includes the entire aquaculture production chain from farms to process plants, as well as hatchering and food factories; also include environmental, social, animal welfare, food safety and traceability of aquaculture facilities.

Benefits of BAP Certification:

  1. It is the ONLY aquaculture certification that covers the entire production chain: farms, processing factories, hatchering and food factories.
  2. The standards cover almost 100% of the species of fish, crustaceans and molluscs produced around the world.
  3. The standards are rigorous and have a scientifically base also these are constantly improving to satisfy the challenges presented in the aquaculture sector.

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Process for BAP Certification

    • Complete the application and the agreement electronically directly with BAP through the following link:
    • Complete the self-assessment questionnaire.
    • BAP will send you an invoice and you must make the payment.
    • If BAP assigns the audit to CUP, we will send you an agreement containing the Terms of Contract.
    • If you are satisfied with the agreement, return a copy signed by the legal representative. Once this is done, you enter into an agreement with  CUP to join one of our certification programs.
    • After receiving the signed agreement, CUP will plan your inspection visit.
    • CUP will conduct a full on-site audit. If nonconformities are found, you must submit corrective actions to close them. The auditor will review and close the nonconformities
    • Based on the inspection findings, the certifier will conduct a technical review of the report and determine compliance or non-compliance with the BAP standard. If compliance is determined, a BAP certificate will be issued and sent to BAP.
    • BAP is notified of the certification and they will send you an invoice. Once BAP has received the payment, BAP will send you the certificate with a validation letter.
    • You will have the following benefits:
    • Facility will be listed on the BAP website
    • Facility will receive the BAP logo
    • Additionally, you will obtained the Global Aquaculture Alliance Business Member status
    • Each year, after the initial certification, you must complete the entire certification process again. The CB to which you will assign will determine whether the requirements for certification continue to be met.


The standards of BAP can be found in the following link: