GSSI Recognition of BAP Certification Program Renewed

The Global Seafood Alliance is proud to announce Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) recognition of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program under Version 2.0 of GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool.

BAP was the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by GSSI in 2017. With the Nov. 7 GSSI announcement, BAP has now been successfully re-benchmarked for its Farm Standard (Version 3.0, 2021), Salmon Farm Standard (Version 2.3, 2016) and Mollusk Farm Standard (Version 1.1, 2021). This is the first time that the BAP Mollusk Farm Standard has been benchmarked by GSSI.

The GSSI Benchmark Report for BAP can be downloaded here.

GSSI’s Global Benchmark Tool provides formal recognition of seafood certification programs that successfully complete a rigorous and transparent Benchmark Process. The Tool is underpinned by the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification. The Global Benchmark Tool “aims to minimize the overall environmental impact of how we produce, catch and supply seafood to meet a growing global demand,” according to GSSI.

About Best Aquaculture Practices
Best Aquaculture Practices is a third-party certification program developed by the Global Seafood Alliance, an international, nonprofit trade association headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., USA, dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices and Best Seafood Practices certification standards, GSA has become the leading standards-setting organization for seafood. To learn more, visit