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 info@aquagap.net directly.
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