Funding Aquaculture Improvement Projects

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is furthering responsible aquaculture and ultimately increasing the availability of certified seafood production worldwide through a new initiative financing a range of improvement projects.

Beginning with U.S. $250,000, the fund will support aquaculture improvement projects designed to make an enduring and tangible difference. GAA invites stakeholders to co-finance projects in line with GAA’s mission of feeding the world through responsible aquaculture, including individuals, researchers, academics and industry members.

The fund is managed by GAA Development Director Iain Shone, Best Aquaculture Practices Standards Coordinator Dan Lee and Matt Thompson, aquaculture project lead at the New England Aquarium.

Interested in applying for funding? Complete only page one of the application form and submit it to Iain Shone at If the fund managers agree the application has merit, they will ask the applicant to complete the entire form.

Assessing Impacts of BAP Certification

Dr. Michael Tlusty, director of research at New England Aquarium, conducted a study in which he measured the impacts of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program. (He is also a member of the BAP Standards Oversight Committee.) Among the main objectives of the BAP management team is to provide pre-audit guidance to farms pursuing certification so they can implement the necessary improvements to meet the BAP standards. Tlusty looked at not only whether farms are implementing the necessary improvements, but also whether the improvements are maintained from the first audit through the second audit.


  • About 60 percent of farms do maintain improvements.
  • More needs to be done to adequately capture the improvements.
  • Overall performance improved over the last decade.

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View Tlusty’s New England Aquarium Presentation (PDF)

Finding Solutions for Early Mortality Syndrome in Shrimp

In an effort to learn from past epidemics and improve future policy, the World Bank and the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), a charitable education and training organization founded by GAA, initiated a 2012 case study on early mortality syndrome (EMS), also known as acute hepatopancreatic necrosis, in Vietnam. After months of investigation by a research team led by Dr. Donald Lightner at the University of Arizona, the elusive pathogen causing EMS was identified.

In 2014, GAA initiated a research study to identify the shrimp-farming practices that prevent the manifestation of EMS. The case study acted as a foundation for recommendations to the aquaculture community for better shrimp-farming practices.

“In order to properly address this disease, aquaculture’s leading researchers will come together to design a survey of farms across the entire range of the disease to determine best practices for managing EMS.”

— GAA President George Chamberlain

Click below to view a SeafoodSource TV interview in which George Chamberlain discusses the ongoing battle against early mortality syndrome.

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