Fish & Shellfish
Fish and shellfish (particularly oily fish) are an essential part of the diet, but with wild fish stocks declining, much of the fish we eat is now farmed.
In the same way that we apply organic principles to farming on land, it is important that the organic principles of health, ecology, fairness and care are applied to fish and shellfish farming. The Soil Association was one of the first organisations to become actively involved in the development of organic aquaculture standards.
Our aquaculture standards are higher than the EU organic regulation in several areas, emphasising the humane treatment of fish and protection of the aquatic environment. We also have dedicated standards for the production and collection of organic seaweed, which reflect the EU organic regulation.