Public Consultation: Benchmark Report for the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification

23 June - 23 July 2017


On 23 June GSSI launched a 30-day public consultation on the GSSI Benchmark Report for the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certification, owned by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).

GAA applied for GSSI recognition of its BAP Certification for the scope of its Finfish & Crustacean Farms and Salmon Farms standards and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:

  • Section A (Governance),
  • Section B (Operational Management),
  • and Section C (Aquaculture - Finfish & Crustacean Farms and Salmon Farms standards).

GSSI invites comments on the recommendation of the Benchmark Committee to recognize the BAP Certification after the Independent Experts and the Benchmark Committee found the BAP Certification to be in alignment with all the GSSI Essential Components. 

The recommendation and the Benchmark Report are the intermediary result of the Benchmark Process. It included a Desktop Review and Office Visit by our Independent Experts, and a Benchmark Committee Meeting to review the draft Benchmark Report. A GSSI Steering Board Liaison has overseen the process to ensure its neutrality and objectivity.

Following the public consultation, the Benchmark Committee, together with the Independent Experts and GAA, will address all comments received.  GSSI’s Benchmark Committee will then provide the Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. All comments and responses will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board’s final decision on recognition. For more Information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.

To submit your comments


About the Global Aquaculture Alliance

Our mission is to promote responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy and demonstration. For over 20 years, we have demonstrated our commitment to feeding the world through responsible and sustainable aquaculture.

We do this by providing resources to individuals and businesses worldwide who are associated with aquaculture and seafood. We improve production practices through our partnerships with countries, communities and companies, as well as online learning and groundbreaking journalism that boasts active readership in every country of the world.