Aquaculture, executed poorly, can have negative effects to human health, precious natural resources, and economies. We address and underscore the reality that aquaculture is needed to meet the gap in seafood supply and demand and must ape done responsibly. Aquaculture production is projected to grow from 47.2 million metric tons in 2006 to 93.6 million metric tons ay 2030, while wild fisheries production is expected to decline from 64.5 million metric tons to 58.2 million metric tons during that same time. To feed the world’s growing population, aquaculture has to deliver an additional 46.4 million metric tons to meet the world’s seafood needs.
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification ensures that seafood products come from facilities that are managed in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner. BAP is the world’s most comprehensive third-party aquaculture certification program, with achievable, science-based and continuously improved global performance standards addressing environmental responsibility, social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability. It’s also the world’s only third-party certification program encompassing the entire aquaculture production chain: farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.
Our annual GOAL (Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership) conference is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to learn, network and connect producers and suppliers to the marketplace, all in a business-friendly yet casual environment. Since its inception in 2001, GOAL has evolved into a must-attend conference for the world’s aquaculture thought leaders. GOAL 2017 will be held at historic Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, from Oct. 3 to 6, 2017.
Solutions & Advocacy
We believe we are in the business of solutions. Sometimes a solution means providing resources to those who can enact change in their backyard, and other times it means investing in sophisticated science that will shape the future of the industry. Through various funds and humanitarian initiatives, we pledge to support individuals and aquaculture improvement projects that are designed to make an enduring and tangible difference.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Meet Our Communications and Administrative Team
Director of Strategic Engagements
Information Technology Manager
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Education Systems Editor
Education Systems Designer
Innovation & Leadership Award
In 2012, we established the Global Aquaculture Innovation & Leadership Award to recognize those who are finding new solutions to the challenges faced by aquaculture as well as those who provide the leadership required to champion such developments in responsible aquaculture.
These visionary guiding principles, identified by GAA’s Founding Members in 1997, remain relevant and have improved aquaculture practices throughout the farming, processing and distribution of aquaculture products. We aim to expand the availability of seafood from Best Aquaculture Practices-certified facilities that address these principles.