The Responsible Seafood Choice

BAP Aquaculture Standards

Integrity In Certification Standards Development

The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) coordinates the development of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for seafood processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills. The standards are developed and continually updated through production method-specific technical committees and under the guidance of a Standards Coordinator as well as a 12-member Standards Oversight Committee (SOC) comprised of members with broad stakeholder representation — one-third conservation, one-third academia and one-third industry. After review by the SOC, standards are modified, if necessary, and published for 60 days of public comment. The committee’s consideration of comments leads to a final draft that must be approved by the SOC and GAA Board of Directors before implementation.

BAP Standards Development Process

BAP Standards Development Process

BAP Standards

Public Comment

All comments received during the public comment process are carefully considered for inclusion in the final draft, and all properly submitted comments will be acknowledged. Outside of defined public comment periods, interested parties may submit comments to any member of the Standards Oversight Committee for consideration.

View the latest BAP standards review schedule

DRAFT Revised Seafood Processing Plant Standard

The Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) Seafood Processing Standard 5.0 is now available for public comment. The 60-day public comment periods ends on July 1, 2018.
Please download the SPS 5.0 Public Comment Form document to record your comments and send the form to and All comments will be reviewed and responded to as appropriate.

SPS 5.0 Public Comment Form

Standards Oversight Committee

Dr. George Chamberlain

Global Aquaculture Alliance

Sebastian Belle

Maine Aquaculture Association Director

Estelle Brennan

Lyons Seafoods Ltd.

Dr. Alejandro Buschmann

i-mar Research and Development Center of Coastal Resources and Environments

Kathy Janiga

FQS Global Inc., Mark Foods Inc.

Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen

Independent Social Development Consultant

Dr. David Little

University of Stirling
Tuan Hoang Nguyen

Tuan Hoang Nguyen

BlueYou Vietnam
Dr. Steve Otwell

Dr. Steve Otwell

University of Florida
Dr. Jerry Schubel

Dr. Jerry Schubel

Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Michael Tlusty

Dr. Michael Tlusty

University of Massachusetts
Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dan Lee

Dan Lee

BAP Standards Coordinator
1-603-317-5000 x1005