A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, feed mills, hatcheries and processing plants — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. Part of BAP’s mission is to help educate the aquaculture public regarding the benefits of applying Best Aquaculture Practices and the advancing scientific technology that directs them. By implementing BAP standards, program participants can better meet the demands of the growing global market for wholesome seafood produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Best Aquaculture Practices offers a primarily 'process' certification. Successful participation in the Best Aquaculture Practices program is visually represented by limited use of the BAP certification mark .
BAP currently certifies shrimp hatcheries, shrimp, tilapia, channel catfish, pangasius and salmon farms, feed mills and seafood processing plants to include shrimp, channel catfish, tilapia, pangasius and salmon.