The ASEAN Member States (AMS) share the similar farming system and facilities, climate pattern and common commodities. National Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) programme implemented in the AMS varies with some countries having government certified systems and others beginning the journey with awareness programs for farmers.
The of ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) is to enhance the harmonisation of GAqP programs within the ASEAN region will fulfil one of the major requirements set down by the AEC blueprint for integration by 2015. The AEC Blueprint will transform ASEAN into a single market and production base, a highly competitive economic region, a region of equitable economic development, and a region fully integrated into the global economy.
The scope of the ASEAN GAqP (Food fish) covers practices that are mainly aimed at preventing or minimising the risks in four areas of production. Namely food safety, animal health and welfare, environmental integrity and socio-economic aspects associated with aquaculture of food fish. The coverage of GAqP (Food fish) will include mariculture, coastal aquaculture/ brackish water culture, and freshwater culture excluding shrimp. The agreed GAqP will cover all phases of farm operation, including pre production, production, harvesting and post-harvest handling prior to transportation.