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Code of Good Practice for Scottish Fish Aquaculture (CoGP).

The Code of Good Practice for Scottish Fish Aquaculture sets an industry standard for quality. Regularly reviewed to reflect changing priorities in environmental management, sustainability and legislation, LRQA works with CoGP to ensure members remain up to standard.

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An assurance scheme established in 2006, the Code of Good Practice for Scottish Fish Aquaculture (CoGP) is the key standard for the finfish industry. It was created in response to agreed industry action arising from the 2003 Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture.

Focusing on fish farmers, the scheme encourages high standards of management, environmental awareness and food production. Within this, all members of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation subscribe to the CoGP, with over 90% of production audited within the scheme.

What are the benefits?

Comprehensive assurance

There are over 300 individual audit points, ensuring aquaculture farms gain thorough recommendations on how to maximise operations. Going beyond basic regulatory requirements, members benefit from maintaining the highest industry standards on farming and processing.

Traceability & quality

Responding to consumer demand, accreditation provides a clear marker that all produce is traceable to a qualified-source and is of great quality.

Wider market access

Assurance provides differentiation from competitors, demonstrating a dedication to farming standards and providing quality food. This will allow wider access to markets and trade.

Why choose us?

Experience & expertise

CoGP is a dynamic scheme, reacting to consumer, trade and legislative demands. Our aquaculture team are experts within the industry, offering a streamlined method of assessing current compliance and comprehensive feedback on improvement areas.

Year-round technical support

Members of CoGP benefit from year-round technical guidance from our aquaculture team, ensuring that your business remains accredited and operates towards the highest possible standards.


Where possible, we will combine audits to save you time and money. Our effective and robust audit processes ensure minimum impact on your day-to-day business.


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