BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Scheme 

On 4 February, 2019, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative provided formal recognition of the BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Scheme for the scope of Aquaculture.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Scheme and its Farm Standard (Issue 1, Revision 1, November 2018)are in alignment with all applicable Essential Components of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool (version 1.0, 8 October 2015). 

Have a look at our factsheet to learn more about the benchmark process.

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BIM Certified Quality Aquaculture (CQA) Scheme

Scheme owner

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)

Date of recognition

4 February, 2019 Read the news release

Scope of recognition

Aquaculture Certification

BIM CQA Farm Standard (Issue 1, Revision 1, November 2018).

In alignment with Sections

A- Governance

B- Operational Management (including chain of custody)

C- Aquaculture Certification Standard

Benchmark Report


(Note: please open the report with your Acrobat Reader for better readability and to scroll within boxes)

Steering Board Liaison

Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union

Independent Experts

  • Kevin Swoffer, Director, KPS Resources & Food Safety Consultant
  • Dr. Francis Murray, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

Benchmark Committee Members


  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Waterfront Associates
  • Josanna Busby, Category Manager, Seafood, Sidecase, Frozen Meats & Seafood, Food Lion, LLC
  • Gregg Small, Global Quality Assurance Director, Mazzetta Company

Public Consultation

December 13, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Public comments and GSSI responses:

  • No comments received