What is GAPI?

The Global Aquaculture Performance Index is a tool to empower seafood industry leaders and policy makers to make informed decisions about the environmental costs and benefits of farmed marine finfish. GAPI uses a well-established statistical methodology to provide a rigorous and objective evaluation of the environmental performance of marine aquaculture globally. The methodology is based on the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) approach developed by a team of environmental experts at Yale University and Columbia University , which has been revised biennially since 2006.

The species-country focus of the 2010 GAPI yields results that are most relevant for comparisons of performance across species and countries. Future applications of the GAPI framework will include the development of a farm-level performance index and an evaluation tool to benchmark the environmental performance of current and future aquaculture standards.

Who We Are

Seafood Ecology Research Group

GAPI is a project of the Seafood Ecology Research Group (SERG) at the University of Victoria. SERG is an interdisciplinary team whose research is focused on the inevitable challenges arising from the limited capacity of marine systems to produce seafood and the seemingly limitless capacity for humans to consume those products. SERG uses scientific approaches to link ecological and social sustainability with regard to marine-based food production systems. The Seafood Ecology Research Group publishes broadly in both scientific and popular literature where its work serves to highlight underlying drivers of contentious seafood conservation debates.

The Pew Marine Finfish Aquaculture Standards Project advances the development of precautionary, science-based environmental standards for the conduct of marine finfish aquaculture. The Project supports the Global Aquaculture Performance Index (GAPI) as a cutting-edge approach to assessing the industry’s ecological impacts and enabling a thorough comparison of performance among marine finfish species and producing countries.

Supported By

The Lenfest Ocean Program invests in scientific research on the environmental, economic and social impacts of fishing, fisheries management, and aquaculture. Supported research projects result in peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals. The Program works with the scientists to ensure that research results are delivered effectively to decision makers and the public, who can take action based on the findings. The program was established in 2004 by the Lenfest Foundation and is managed by the Pew Charitable Trusts (www.lenfestocean.org).