IFOAM Aquaculture


Organic aquaculture is a developing sector involving farmers worldwide producing a wide range of aquatic species – including fish, seaweeds and bivalves – in line with organic principles. Globally, demand for farmed fish is increasing and as the industry expands the organic sector can show that there is a better way to farm, for animal welfare, water quality and human health. The ultimate purpose of organic standards is to make change in the world – to produce our food and other products in ways that are kinder to our planet and better for us.

We aim to:

  • develop valuable and sustainable aquatic systems
  • maintain and enhance water quality and water resources
  • promote good animal welfare and respect the needs of all aquatic life
  • foster biodiversity and protect sensitive habitats
  • maximise use of renewable resources and recycling
  • minimize pollution and waste

Organic Aquaculture Basics

A downloadable pdf of this infographic is available here.

What is the IFOAM Aquaculture Forum?

The IFOAM Aquaculture Forum is a group of organic aquaculture producers, certification bodies, researchers and other stakeholders with many years of collective experience in organic aquaculture production and certification.

The IFOAM Aquaculture Forum aims to:

  • to pursue the objectives of IFOAM – Organics International within the area of aquaculture
  • to support activities that develop the organic aquaculture sector and to facilitate information between members
  • to represent its members within IFOAM – Organics International and to external stakeholders
  • to discuss standards and certification and to develop positions on issues where necessary
  • to provide advice on aquaculture to committees and the World Board of IFOAM – Organics International
  • to further develop the concept of organic aquaculture.

Aquaculture Forum Governance  documents

The Rules of Procedure of the IFOAM Aquaculture Forum and related documents you find for download here:


Response to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendations for Organic Aquaculture


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