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  Shrimp Hatchery Certification  
  Shrimp hatcheries wanting to become BAP Certified shall complete the following steps:  

1.  Review Certification Application Form and BAP Standard for Shrimp Hatcheries. The certification application form is used to assimilate information on Shrimp Hatchery facilities and general background data on their operations. The applicant must review Guidelines for BAP standards (in PDF Format), address the standards, and provide information on the implementation of the BAP program before they complete the application form (in Microsoft Excel).

Additional information on the program can be requested from the BAP office in Crystal River, Florida.   To become BAP certified, the facility must comply with the requirements stated in the application form and the BAP Shrimp Hatchery Standards.

 2.     Return completed application form to the BAP office. The applicant shall answer all of the questions in the application to include facility information and the completed application form must be forwarded to the BAP office for review and approval before the facility can be registered.  The application can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , faxed to +425-650-3001 or mailed to 706 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429.

Upon receipt of the application form, the BAP office will review the information and provide general guidance to assist the applicant to prepare for the inspection process. The office may recommend that the applicant contact a consultant to help prepare the facility for inspection. Consultants used must be contracted and paid directly by the applicant. 

 3. Registration of Applicant, Signing of Facility Agreement, and Payment of Inspection Fees.  Once the BAP office has reviewed the application form and verified the applicant is ready to be registered, they will send the applicant a facility certification agreement and an invoice for the registration fee and inspection fee.  The facility agreement which contains the conditions and terms for BAP certification and the fees for the BAP program must be signed and returned to the BAP office. The applicant shall pay the application and inspection fee directly to the BAP office before the inspection can be coordinated.

Registration fee:   $500 USD

Inspection fee:    $1,800 – $3,000 USD depending on the location and travel time to the facility.

 4. Inspection (audit) Process.        The BAP office will select an auditor and put the auditor in contact with the applicant to coordinate and select a date to conduct the facility audit. The auditor requests documents from applicants for document review. Auditor evaluates documents, inspects the facility and formulates a list of non-conformances for the applicant’s facility, leaving a copy with the applicant’s representative during the closing meeting. The auditor shall deliver the audit report to the BAP office, who will contact the applicant and forward a list of non- conformances, confirming the applicant has 28 days to submit evidence to close the non-conformances. Once the evidence has been submitted to the BAP office, they will review the evidence with the auditor and either sign-off on the non-conformances or request further evidence. Once the non-conformances have been closed through corrective actions approved by the BAP Director, the facility can be BAP certified. 

Applicants may be required to have a follow-up re-audit if all of the non-conformances are not closed within the allotted period. For a facility to be certified, it shall comply with 100% of the critical components and scored at least 70% on the scored components of the audit for years 1-5.   New applicants will have up to 1 year to complete the certification process. 

5. Client pays BAP program fees.  Hatcheries, once they complete all BAP certification requirements shall pay a BAP program participation fee to the BAP Management Group. The fee is fixed at $650 USD per calendar year.

 6. Check BAP website for company listings. Once the facility is approved for BAP certification and all fees are paid, a unique certification number is assigned to the facility, a BAP certificate is issued and the facility is added to the appropriate list of BAP certified facilities. Unless instructed otherwise by the applicant, facility name and locations are made public on the BAP website.  Certified facilities may advertise their status as provided in the facility certification agreement.

7. Use of the BAP logo. Only processing plants and feed mills can place the BAP logo on their packaging, but the hatchery can claim they are BAP certified on their literature.

 8. Maintain records and input verification data.   BAP certified facilities shall maintain and document records for chain of custody and traceability information as outlined in the guidelines for BAP standards.  

9. Re-certify each year.    BAP certified facilities requesting re-certification must have the facility agreement signed, a facility update form competed, the inspection fee paid and/or an inspection date committed at least two months prior to the re-certification date. Facilities have up to 30 days past the re-certification date to complete the re-certification process. 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 November 2012 )