Global Sustainable Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GSAAP)

The Global Sustainable Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GSAAP) is a voluntary partnership mechanism of aquaculture stakeholders including universities, scientific research agencies, and other academic institutions established to enhance scientific understanding of aquaculture, promote continuous innovation of sustainable technologies, and fully harness the potential of aquaculture for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Private sector enterprises, civil and professional societies, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and government representatives provide complimentary support and linkages among wider stakeholders as advisory observers. 

The GSAAP will function as a collaborative platform to discuss key issues and challenges, innovations and findings in the development of aquaculture. In addition, and in close collaboration with donors and interested members, the GSAAP will facilitate the transfer and implementation of aquaculture innovations and advancements in science and technology, assisting in the formulation of sound and comprehensive solutions to effectively address problems hindering sustainable aquaculture development.

All interested stakeholders, including policymakers, academic institutions and private sector are encouraged to join the partnership.

Please email the GSAAP Secretariat for more information: [email protected]

Areas of work

Harnessing science, technology and innovation is key for transforming our agrifood systems.

GSAAP identifies several areas of work, where the areas of expertise of various partners intersect with the recognized needs of stakeholders striving to develop sustainable aquaculture. These needs, collected from various intergovernmental fora such as COFI and its Sub-Committee on Aquaculture, multistakeholder events such as the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20 and through the academic work of partners through their own programmes, are expected to address major constraints and blocking issues to aquaculture’s development.


The International Artemia Aquaculture Consortium (IAAC) was presented during the Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20, and echoed by the Eleventh Session COFI:AQ as a good example of international cooperation. The IAAC is hosted by the Network of Aquaculture Centres for Asia and the Pacific (NACA), with participation of over 40 partners from 28 countries. Members have identified priorities and already started initiatives related to Artemia.

Digitization of aquaculture

FAO harnesses the power of digital technologies to pilot, accelerate and scale innovative ideas with high potential for impact in food and agriculture, transforming digital solutions and services into global public goods. It aims to explore the responsible application and adoption of existing and frontier technologies, design and scale new services, tools and approaches to empower rural households and inspire youth entrepreneurship in food and agriculture.

Ecological aquaculture

Effective governance of modern aquaculture must reconcile ecological and human wellbeing so that the industry is sustainable over time. An ecosystem approach to aquaculture is a strategy for the integration of the activity within the wider ecosystem such that it promotes sustainable development, equity, and resilience of interlinked social-ecological systems.

Seaweed dialogues

Recognizing not only the potential of algae but also constraints and challenges upon the realization of the potential, information and knowledge collected through multi-stakeholder consultations such as the Seaweed Dialogues can facilitate evidence-based policymaking and sector management in algae development at the global, regional and national levels.


FAO. 2022. Blue Transformation - Roadmap 2022–2030: A vision for FAO’s work on aquatic food systems. Rome.


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