Aquaculture producers offer discerning gourmets sustainable alternatives:
- They choose their production sites with care and protect bodies of water and surrounding eco-systems from damage.
- They guarantee proper management conditions and take care to maintain low stocking densities.
- They eschew genetic engineering, chemical additives, growth promoters and hormones.
- They use certified organic fodder and comply with strict requirements as to the use of medication.
- Last but not least, they comply with high social standards for their workers, the world over.
Besides imposing rules for rearing, the Naturland standards also govern the processing of the fish and the seafood. It goes without saying that this entails frequent tours of inspection, the use of certified organic ingredients only and the exclusion of additives such as phosphates.
An important contribution to marine protection
Organic aquaculture can way to make a genuine contribution to the protection of our marine resources. A major factor here is the source of the fodder: at Naturland, fish meal and fish oil are produced from the discards when fish destined for human consumption is processed, and does not, as common elsewhere, derive from fishing operations on an industrial scale designed specifically to produce fodder.
Always one step ahead
Naturland blazed a trail with its standards for organic aquaculture. As long ago as 1996, this organic association established benchmarks for organic fish farming by creating its standards for organic aquaculture. In doing so, Naturland set high standards and today stands out from the rest, for example, with the following requirements which differ from (the statutory minimum provisions of) the EU eco regulation. Specific differences are that:
- only conversion of the entire production facility to organic is possible
- the Naturland standards embody extensive social aspects
- the use of antibiotics in the rearing of shrimps is prohibited and strictly limited in the case of fish
- shrimp farmers are obliged to reafforest former mangrove areas
- the traceability of the products is guaranteed throughout every stage of trade right back to the farm itself
Organic farming is an agricultural method that aims to produce food using natural substances and processes. This means that organic farming tends to have a limited environmental impact as it encourages
- the responsible use of energy and natural resources
- the maintenance of biodiversity
- preservation of regional ecological balances
- enhancement of soil fertility
- maintenance of water quality
Additionally, organic farming rules encourage a high standard of animal welfare and require farmers to meet the specific behavioural needs of animals.
European Union (EU) regulations on organic farming are designed to provide a clear structure for the production of organic goods across the whole of the EU. This is to satisfy consumer demand for trustworthy organic products whilst providing a fair marketplace for producers, distributors and marketers.