Best Aquaculture Practices Certified: Seafood

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BAP is a third-party certification program for farmed fish. While this label covers some important issues like stocking densities and tracking, it does not address many major fish feed issues, does not prohibit drug use and does not address the most egregious labor practices.

Requires Verification/Inspection

FoodPrint Label Criteria

Wild or Farmed


Animal Feed Quality

Prohibits direct use of pest controls in feed
Prohibits genetically modified feed
Prohibits animal byproduct in feed
Optimizes fish in/fish out ratio
If used, fish meal certified sustainable
Prohibits synthetic coloring agents

Drug Use

Antibiotics prohibited
Prohibits hormones and other drugs
Prohibits synthetic chemicals (pesticides, parasiticides and fungicides)

Environmental Health and Food Safety

Prohibits open net pens
Requires pathogen testing
Requires contaminant testing (PCBs, mercury)

Fish and Ecosystem Welfare

Ensures optimal stocking densities
Prohibits purse seine nets (NA)
Restricts incidental bycatch (NA)
Minimizes disruption to ecosystem


Tracking system in place for chain of custody
Tracking system in place for origin

Worker Welfare

Prohibits forced labor and human trafficking
Prohibits child labor
Fair/living wages ensured*
Health protections*

*Strongly condemns, but is assessed and reported by company

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