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Aquaculture standards consultation drawing to a close

Aquaculture standards consultation

The deadline is approaching for producers, industry experts and consumers with an interest in organic aquaculture to have their say on Soil Association’s proposed changes to its aquaculture standards.

Contributors need to contact us by 5pm on 24 August to share their thoughts for the standards review.

The proposed new standards require our organic aquaculture farmers to go further than EU law in several key areas. This includes a requirement for new fish farm sites to be selected responsibly – taking into account environmental factors, water quality, the potential for contamination and impacts on fish health. Other additional standards include measures to ensure good animal welfare, high water quality, that only suitable veterinary treatments are used with longer withdrawal periods observed and the restriction of practices such as mussel seed dredging.

The proposed changes to the Soil Association organic aquaculture standards are part of a wider standards review. The Soil Association is updating its standards to make them as straightforward, practical and transparent as possible. The review covers all sectors governed by the EU regulation: agriculture, aquaculture, processing and horticulture.

How to Contribute

If you would like to contribute to the aquaculture standards review, please complete this survey. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete.

You can also call the Standards Team on 0117 314 5178,
email consultations@soilassociation.org,
or write to us at Soil Association, Spear House, 51 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6AD.

Click here for more information on the consultation