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Global Aquaculture Alliance joins sustainable seafood certification elite

Staff Writer | October 5, 2017
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is the world’s first aquaculture certification program to be recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI).
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It joins a select group, as only three wild fisheries certification programs — the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Program, the Iceland Responsible Fisheries Management (IRFM) Certification Programme and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - are already GSSI-recognized.

The news was announced at GAA’s GOAL conference, in Dublin, today after the GSSI Steering Board determined that the two-star certification against the BAP Finfish and Crustacean Farm Standards and BAP Salmon Farm Standards are in alignment with all Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool, independently verifying alignment with the FAO Technical Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification.

It was the seventh and final step in a process that began in December 2015 when BAP applied for recognition.

On June 23, the GSSI Benchmark Report was published, triggering a 30-day public consultation in which stakeholders were encouraged to submit comments for consideration; one comment was submitted, and responded to.