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New Hampshire—GAA Gets Certified


The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program is the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).


The GSSI Global Benchmark Tool evaluated three aspects of the BAP program: the technical content of its standards, the management of the program and the governance of the program, including the integrity of the chain of custody and procedures for group certification.  The scope of recognition applies to two, three and four-star BAP certification.


In addition to environmental responsibility, the BAP standards also address social responsibility, animal health and welfare, food safety and traceability.  There are six sets of BAP standards: Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standards, Salmon Farm Standards, Mollusk Farm Standards, Hatchery and Nursery Standards, Feed Mill Standards and Seafood Processing Plant Standards.


Dan Lee, BAP Standards Coordinator, said, GSSI “is particularly important for a global program like BAP because it signifies compliance with the internationally agreed-upon UN FAO Guidelines.”


Wally Stevens, GAA Executive Director, said, “We are pleased to receive this recognition of our Best Aquaculture Practices program.  The BAP program was first implemented in 2003 and this year will reach a milestone of 2,000 certified facilities around the world with anticipated farmgate production exceeding 2 million metric tons.”


Herman Wisse, GSSI Program Director, said, “The GSSI Benchmark Tool provides clarity on, and transparency in, seafood certification by recognizing robust and credible certification schemes.  ...BAP is the first aquaculture scheme to successfully complete the GSSI Benchmark Process.  This marks a milestone in ensuring confidence in seafood certification, and we look forward to seeing other aquaculture schemes go through the process.”


Source: The FishSite.  GAA Joins Seafood Certification Elite.  Rob Fletcher.  October 4, 2017.


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