Organic Aquaculture

Close-up of an Atlantic Spadefish

The legal status of using the organic label in the United States for aquatic species, and the future of developing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification standards for organic aquaculture products and aquatic species, are under review. Internationally, several certifying bodies have developed organic aquaculture standards.

USDA Guidance

Aquatic Animals Task Force

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Comprises a collection of documents from the National Organic Standards Board Aquatic Animals Task Force including Aquaculture Working Group reports on finfish and bivalve mollusc aquaculture and recommendations on aquaculture, farmed aquatic plants, fish feed, net pens, and bivalves and molluscan shellfish.

International Standard

KRAV Standards: Aquaculture

KRAV Ekonomisk förening.

Overview of organic aquaculture standards developed by KRAV, and Swedish certification agency in cooperation with Norwegian certification agency Debio. The standards meet, and may surpass, European Union requirements for organic production.

Certified Organic Aquaculture


One of the leaders in developing organic aquaculture standards for the European Union, Naturland standards and projects are on the cutting edge of this sector.

Organic Standards: Aquaculture

Soil Association.

Presents the Soil Association organic standards for aquaculture. These standards have the EU organic regulation as their baseline, but may be more stringent, especially in terms of animal welfare requirements.

Organic Aquaculture Dossier

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

Discusses the current European Union organic aquaculture rules and legislation, the history of organic aquaculture, global organic aquaculture production and markets, the impact of the rules on several aquaculture species systems, and challenges facing of the organic aquaculture sector.