Organic Aquaculture

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is developing a new National Standard of Canada for Organic Aquaculture. The department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is sponsoring the project.

The proposed standard would provide guidance for the application of the organic designation to aquatic products, regardless of their origin. The topics to be covered in this standard may include, but are not limited to: the conversion, cultivation, harvesting, handling, transportation, storage, and packaging and processing to fish and fish products originating from organic aquatic production in fresh, brackish or salt water and intended for human consumption.

There is increasing demand for organic aquaculture products and in particular organic salmon. There is a growing trade in organic aquaculture products. In order to facilitate trade amongst provinces and internationally, Canada needs to develop a national set of organic standards for aquaculture to compliment the standards which have been recently developed for other food commodities in Canada. The new organic aquaculture standard would assist in overcoming present and future trade barriers for organic aquaculture products.

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