AquaGAP: Standard for
Good Aquaculture Practices



About AquaGAP

An increasing demand for sustainable seafood is currently confronted by restricted supply. The availability of sustainable seafood from fisheries is on the decrease, and it is becoming more and more important to structure the rapid growth in aquaculture and to challenge and implement good management practices

AquaGAP assures:
  • transparency of origin
  • quality at each stage of production
  • good aquaculture farming practices, which maintain or improve the health of surrounding ecosystems 
  • adherence principles of corporate social responsibility and a commitment towards local communities

The AquaGAP label was developed on customer request, with many retailers taking the decision to only source seafood from certified suppliers from 2010 onwards. Immediate action is required to bring farmers and processors, feed companies as well as hatcheries up to the standard of internationally recognized levels.
The AquaGAP Standard was developed by IMO in cooperation with the Swiss Bio-Foundation. Today it is owned by the Ecocert IMOswiss AG. After many years of consultation with farmers, NGOs, government organizations and other stakeholders, Good Aquaculture Practices can now be certified for all species worldwide. A list of AquaGAP certified companies is available on this website.


Main objectives

The aim is to bring farming practices to an internationally recognized level and ensure consumer trust in quality seafood products. This programme is not limited to individual species or specific regions. The AquaGAP logo ensures that quality seafood from all regions can be recognised by importers/retailers and most importantly, the final consumer. Besides the main focus on improving management practices and ensuring the good health of both, the species under production and the surrounding environment, this standard includes aspects of social accountability and food safety. A crucial part of the implementation is complete product traceability, from the farm to the final consumer. Conversion to the use of only quality feed containing fishmeal and fish-oil from recognised sustainable sources, as well as quality larvae/fry from controlled hatcheries must be completed within the first three years of certification.


The AquaGAP Standard

The aim is to bring farming practices to an internationally recognized level and ensure consumer trust in quality seafood products. This programme is not limited to individual species or specific regions. The AquaGAP logo ensures that quality seafood from all regions can be recognised by importers/retailers and most importantly, the final consumer. Besides the main focus on improving management practices and ensuring the good health of both, the species under production and the surrounding environment, this standard includes aspects of social accountability and food safety. A crucial part of the implementation is complete product traceability, from the farm to the final consumer. Conversion to the use of only quality feed containing fishmeal and fish-oil from recognised sustainable sources, as well as quality larvae/fry from controlled hatcheries must be completed within the first three years of certification.


Become certified

Contact Ecocert IMOswiss AG for initial information, application procedures and a first evaluation of compliance to these standards. The certification body will guide you through all necessary steps leading to final certification according to the AquaGAP standards. After certification, advertising materials and consumer packages can be proudly presented with the AquaGAP label confirming high quality, sustainable aquaculture.


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Certified operations

The following operations have been certified according to the AquaGAP Certification Programme. Please download the certificate to check validity.


Name
Place / country
Scope
Certified Species
Certificate
Fiskeldid Haukamyri ehf.
Husavik / Iceland
Farming, Processing
Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)>>Download
Ice Fish Farm
Seltjarnarnes /Iceland
FarmingRainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss),
Salmon (Atlantic) (Salmo salar)
>>Download
Menja Ltd.
Hafnarfjordur / Iceland
Export, Trade
Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)>>Download
Rifós hf
Lóni, 671 Kópaskeri / Iceland
Farming, Processing
Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus)>>Download



FAQ

1. Can all aquaculture species be certified?
Yes. AquaGAP is not restricted to a limited number of species or any particular location or production methods. The standard is constructed in a generic manner and can be applied to all regions and species. Wherever specific regulations are required, these are outlined per species and automatically override the respective generic control point in the standard.

2. How does AquaGAP compare to other standards?
The AquaGAP standard closely follows organic standards in regards to environmental issues, although it also includes aspects such as the efficient use of energy and fresh water. Similar to MSC COC and organic standards, AquaGAP requires full traceability down to the farm level. AquaGAP does not require organic feed, but looks for sustainable sources of all marine proteins and oils added to the feed. A strong point of the AquaGAP standard is the improvement of product quality, starting from harvesting through slaughtering, processing and packing. Animal welfare is emphasised more than in other standards, especially during harvesting, transport and stunning/slaughtering. A strong emphasis is also laid on corporate social responsibility as well as community awareness.

3. How many certified farms are there?
All certified farms and processors are published on this website under the section "certified operators".

4. Can hatcheries, processing plants, and importers be certified?
Yes. The entire chain of custody needs to be audited and certified, in order to guarantee traceability and quality of the final product.

5. Can the AquaGAP logo be used on the consumer facing product label?
Yes. The label should be placed on all products to confirm the quality of the seafood product.

6. Are any royalty payments charged for the use of the AquaGAP logo?
No. The use of the logo for certified products is free of charge.

7. Who can apply for AquaGAP certification?
Any company that raises, buys, sells or processes aquaculture products. See "how to become certified" or contact aqua@ecocert.com directly.


Contact

Department Aquaculture & Fisheries
Fon: +41 (0) 71 626 0 626
Email: aqua@ecocert.com

Contact

Department Aquaculture & Fisheries

Fon: +41 (0) 71 626 0 626
Email: aqua@ecocert.com


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