Why organic aquaculture?
Organic aquaculture is a developing sector involving farmers worldwide producing a wide range of aquatic species – including fish, seaweeds and bivalves – in line with organic principles. Globally, demand for farmed fish is increasing and as the industry expands the organic sector can show that there is a better way to farm, for animal welfare, water quality and human health. The ultimate purpose of organic standards is to make change in the world – to produce our food and other products in ways that are kinder to our planet and better for us.
We aim to:
- develop valuable and sustainable aquatic systems
- maintain and enhance water quality and water resources
- promote good animal welfare and respect the needs of all aquatic life
- foster biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats
- maximise use of renewable resources and recycling
- minimize pollution and waste
What is the IFOAM Aquaculture Forum?
The IFOAM Aquaculture Forum is a group of organic aquaculture producers, certification bodies, researchers and other stakeholders with many years of collective experience in organic aquaculture production and certification.
The IFOAM Aquaculture Forum aims to:
- develop the concept of organic aquaculture
- to pursue IFOAM - Organics International’s objectives within the area of aquaculture
- to represent its members within IFOAM - Organics International and to external stakeholders
- to discuss standards, certification and general development in the area
- to facilitate the information between members
- to provide advice on aquaculture to IFOAM committees and the World Board
There is an EU group too – the IFOAM EU Aquaculture Expert Group, which meets at least once a year to discuss EU focused issues.
Would you like to get involved? Please contact Isabel Griffiths via info [at] aquaculture.ifoam.bio.
For more information, see:
The Rules of Procedure of the IFOAM Aquaculture Forum and related documents you find for download here:
Isabel Griffiths, Soil Association, UK
e-mail: info [at] aquaculture.ifoam.bio