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April 24, 2013

Shrimp Farm Certification

News and Updates


The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and GLOBAL G.A.P., both of which certify shrimp farms, to work collaboratively with them on increasing efficiency and decreasing duplication in the auditing process for shrimp farms, processing plants, hatcheries and feed mills.


All three certification programs share common elements that address the key environmental and social impacts of aquaculture, yet currently audits for each set of standards are conducted separately.  The three organizations recognize that by working together they can more effectively promote environmentally and socially responsible seafood farming and processing.  The goal of the MOU is to make certification more accessible and create greater value to a greater number of farmers and processors.


Independent of the above collaboration, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has expanded its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification program with the completion of new BAP standards for crustacean farms (shrimp, crab and lobster).  The new multi-species farm standards also address environmental and social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability more rigorously than the standards they’re replacing.  For example, the new standards contain 33 clauses relating to worker safety and employee relations, compared to just 12 clauses in the previous standards.


At the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), an independent, not-for-profit organization co-funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for the certification of responsible aquatic farming across the globe, shrimp farm certification standards have reached the final stage of development and a draft audit manual will be released soon.


Information: Sun Brage, Communication Manager, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, P.O. Box 19107, 3501 DC Utrecht, The Netherlands (phone +31 30 230 5992, email, webpage


Information: Lisa Hausen, Auditor Training, GLOBAL G.A.P., c/o FoodPLUS GmbH Sarah Jox, Spichernstrass 55, D-50672 Köln (Cologne), Germany (phone: +49- (0) 221-57993-25, fax: +49 (0) 221-57993-89, email:, webpage


Information: Dan Lee, Standards Coordinator, Global Aquaculture Alliance/Best Aquaculture Practices, 706 North Suncoast Boulevard, Crystal River, Florida 34429, USA (phone 1-352-563-0565 and 1-904-572-4332, mobile 1-904-629-3354, fax 1-425-650-3001, email, webpage http://


Sources: 1. Global Aquaculture Alliance.  Press Release. GAA Signs MOU With ASC, GLOBALG.A.P.   April 23, 2013.  2. Global Aquaculture Alliance.  Press Release. New BAP Multi-Species Farm Standards Completed.  April 23, 2013. 3. Aquacontacts Mail Group News (USDA).  From: Gary Jensen (  Aquaculture Stewardship Council Expects Large Crowd at European Seafood Expo Update Meeting.  April 22, 2013.



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