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The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is based on the GLOBALG.A.P. Quality Assurance and Certification System for Agriculture (GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practice) that was introduced in 1997. It monitors compliance with laws, food safety, working conditions, and animal and environmental conservation.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard relates to fish, shellfish and molluscs. It includes all species reared on fish farms. The entire production chain is covered, from spawner stocks and fry to suppliers of feed and on to farming, catching and processing. With the aid of the GLOBALG.A.P. standard of compound feed manufacturing (CFM), this system also incorporates the certification of feed production.

GLOBALG.A.P. is aimed above all at the professional sector, from producer to retailer ('business to business'). The organisation will also be making its information regarding certified aquaculture farms available to consumers from 2016. GLOBALG.A.P. will begin being visible to consumers through its GGN.ORG online portal and the 'GGN' mark for certified aquaculture.