AquaGAP

Sustainable aquaculture

Today there is a rapidly increasing demand for sustainably produced fish and seafood which cannot be met by the current limited supply. Besides this, the amount of fish from sustainable commercial fisheries is decreasing. This means that it is of utmost importance to plan and control the growing number of aquacultures, to define criteria for long-term management and to ensure that they are observed.
 
The AquaGAP standards were developed together with IMO in response to the great demand for transparency. After many years of consultation with hatcheries, NGOs, state-owned organisations and representatives of other institutions, the AquaGAP standards represent a milestone in the development of “Good Practice” criteria in this fast-growing sector. The owner is the Bio-Foundation and with the standards, it aspires to assure the controlled production of quality fish and fishfood.
 

 
The aim is to create an internationally approved standard of management measures that will win the customer’s trust in the quality of the aquaculture produce. Further, the programme wants to broaden the choice of certified products on offer. The AquaGAP label is a visible sign for quality fish products from all regions for importers, traders and consumers.
 
These standards go beyond improved management measures, the protection of neighbouring ecosystems and the species that are farmed; they include further aspects such as food safety, social responsibility and commitment for the local community. An essential part of the implementation of the standards is the traceability: all stages in the production chain are accounted for, from producer to consumer. Within the first three years of certification, a complete changeover to quality feed and larvae from controlled farms must be completed.
 
The certification programme makes it possible for businesses to apply a range of sustainable management measures in the aquaculture sector; at the same time, the new AquaGAP label confirms the quality of their products on the international market. The label is available licence-free. Currently two certification offices have been approved. All certified businesses are listed on the AquaGAP website.
 
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