Ten Reasons to Buy Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certified Seafood
Buy with confidence.
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is the world’s only aquaculture certification program that covers the entire production chain (hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants). BAP also has the most comprehensive standards, which cover environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety and animal health and welfare.
The BAP program is endorsed by retailers all over the world.
Currently, more than 180 retail and foodservice brands worldwide are publicly committed to sourcing seafood responsibly from BAP-certified facilities. For a full list of retailers and foodservice operators, visit our marketplace page.
100% Compliance is required to become certified.
To become BAP-certified, a facility must be 100% compliant with the BAP standards. In other words, certified facilities must meet the standard as written; there are no exceptions or variances.
BAP four-star certification covers the entire aquaculture production chain. To see what facility a product originated from, look up the BAP certification number from the package on our facilities page!
BAP standards are recognized by international third parties.
BAP standards have been benchmarked by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP).
There’s an option for everyone.
BAP standards cover virtually 100% of the finish, crustacean and mollusk species produced worldwide. To learn more about our BAP-certified facilities and species, visit our facilities page.
You’re helping to take pressure off of wild fisheries.
The growing demand for seafood has created significant pressure on wild fisheries. By buying farmed seafood you’re helping to relieve some of this pressure and reduce the amount of resources we draw directly from the ocean.
You’re supporting rural communities around the world.
More than 100 million people – from fish farmers to processors and retailers – depend on the aquaculture industry for their livelihoods.
Farmed fish has less impact on the environment than other forms of protein.
Not only is farmed fish the most efficient form of animal protein on the planet, but it also produces significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than other types of farming. There’s also zero by catch with farmed fish!
It’s good for you!
Fish is rich in protein, Vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your body and brain!
Remember to look for the blue BAP label!