Hundreds of BAP-certified processing plants and farms worldwide now supply seafood produced in compliance with the BAP certification standards. To join the list of preferred sources, please review the Certification Process page for directions on how to apply for Best Aquaculture Practices certification.
Program applicants initially review and complete an application to enter the BAP program. Once accepted, facilities must undergo a site inspection and present specified production records for traceability for at least three months. After successful inspection, facilities pay a program fee based on total annual seafood production volume.
Farms that wish to participate in the BAP certification program may do so individually with or without a sponsor, or they may be organized as part of a group of farms under the active assistance of a sponsoring organization. Integrated Operating Module (IOM) Farm Units are groups of medium to small-sized farms that have been organized under the sponsorship of a processor, farmer cooperative or association, or other legally recognized entity.