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Organic aquaculture

Organic aquaculture - sustainably shaping the "blue revolution"

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. Since the mid-90s, Naturland has carried out pioneering work and developed standards for different species and production systems in aquaculture. 

Principles of Organic Aquaculture

  • Fischzucht Wagner 250Careful selection of sites for aquaculture farms and protection of adjacent ecosystems
  • Active avoidance of conflicts with other users of the aquatic resources (e.g. fishermen)
  • Proper stocking densities and animal welfare
  • Prohibiton of chemicals (e.g. as anti-fouling agents in net pens)
  • Natural remedies and treatments in the case of disease
  • Feedstuff from organic agriculture
  • Fishmeal and -oil in feed derived from by-products of fish processed for human consumption (no dedicated "feed fishery")
  • Prohibition of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), neither in feedstuff, nor in the stock itself
  • Processing according to organic standards

Organic aquaculture - successful worldwide

The idea of organic aquaculture according to the Naturland standards is so logical as convincing. Aqua farms in more than twenty countries all over the world are producing according to these guidelines, for example, Organic trout in Germany, France and Spain, organic salmon in Ireland, organic shrimp in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, organic tilapia in Israel Bio-Pangasius in Vietnam and many more ..