Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification programme based on achievable, science-based performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain, ensuring foods are produced through environmentally and socially responsible means.
BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance.
Currently, more than 800 aquaculture facilities worldwide, including processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills, are BAP certified.
The figure is up from 701 BAP-certified facilities at the end of 2014.
Currently, the annual output from BAP-certified processing plants exceeds 1.6 million metric tons.
The number of companies offering two-star, three-star and four-star BAP product is also on the rise.
Four-star BAP status denotes that the processing plants, farms, hatcheries and feed mills from which a group sources are BAP certified, and is the highest such achievement in the BAP program.