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Naturland Seafood - wild or farmed?

Finfish, Shellfish, and algae are not only healthy and tasty elements of modern cuisine, but also indispensable base for nutrition of the growing world population. Although, at the end of the 20th century, aquaculture - the husbandry of aquatic animals and plants - became the food sector with highest annual growth rates, the major part of all fish and seafood is still wild caught from the oceans, the lakes, and the rivers. However, more than a third, however, originates from aquaculture - the systematic cultivation and reproduction in ponds, net pens, mussel lines, enclosures etc.

Since the mid-nineties, Naturland has carried out pioneering work and developed standards for different species and production systems in aquaculture. Operations in 18 countries in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia produce fish, shrimp and mussels according to Naturland standards.

 

Fischer mit Lachs 250Organic aquaculture - sustainably shaping the "blue revolution". Since the mid-90s, Naturland has carried out pioneering work and developed standards for different species and production systems in aquaculture.

Many wild fish stocks are already over-exploited, partly to an extent that leaves future recovery uncertain. But also aquaculture - often acclaimed to as the "Blue Revolution" with enormous growth rates - is struggling with various problem areas: degradation of invaluable eco-systems, culture systems not addressing the animals' behavioural needs, and non-sustainable origin of feed-stuff have to be named in this context.

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Fischer 250Following the introduction of its very successful standards for organic agriculture in the mid-1990s, Naturland drafted its requirements for sustainable capture fishery.
The Naturland wild fish standards, as they are called, provide detailed regulations about fishing equipment and fishing practice as well as on social conditions, following consultation with experts on the ground. In this way Naturland can be sure that certification does actually cover the points which are relevant or critical to each particular type of fishing.

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Anlage 250Due to their high content of secondary plant compounds, microalgae of the genera Spirulina and Chlorella are commonly grown as dietary supplements on an economical scale. The Naturland standards provide important guidelines for production and processing.

Only certified organic raw materials are allowed to be used as substrate. Regular checks of the water quality, strict guidelines for processing and analysis of the microalgae guarantee the high quality of the Naturland certified microalgae.

Richtlinien Zertifizierung 250Every year aquaculture businesses and fish farms the world over decide to convert to organic production or sustainable fishing according to the Naturland standards.

We should be happy to give you further information on the requirements and procedures to be followed to attain certification to the Naturland standards.