Organized in 1997, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) developed the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies. The mission of the Global Aquaculture Alliance is to further environmentally responsible aquaculture to meet global food needs.
Through its Best Aquaculture Practices program, GAA encourages the use of responsible production systems that are sustainable regarding environmental and community needs, and efficiently provide safe, wholesome aquaculture products to the world’s population.
GAA articulates the importance of aquaculture as a source of food and employment. It supports technological research and provides this information openly to membership and research facilities. The alliance also advocates for the industry regionally and globally, and promotes effective, coordinated government regulatory and international trade policies.
Retailers, foodservice operators, wholesalers and others are encouraged to download the BAP Marketing Toolkit visual assets, which are designed to communicate the benefits of responsible aquaculture, GAA Membership, and the BAP third-party certification program.