It took eight years, but there is now an official and comprehensive standards guide for salmon farming. The 91-page document details over 100 fish-farming standards, and includes guidelines on everything from pesticides and antibiotics use to fish-cage construction, water quality, and more.
The new standards were established by "a nine-member steering committee participating in what it called a dialogue of 500 participants from government, academia, industry and nongovernmental organizations," according to The New York Times
, and included representatives from the Wildlife Fund, the Norwegian Seafood Federation, SalmonChile Corporation, the Pew Environment Group, the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, and Fundacion Terran, a nonprofit Chilean group supporting sustainability.
Some of the issues discussed and implemented into the guidelines include:
• The regulated use of antibiotics and anti-parasite chemicals to keep fish disease-free.
• Guidelines calling for the sustainability of the fish meal and fish oil that is fed to farmed salmon.
• New standards for water-quality.
• New standards requiring better training of workers.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council, a nonprofit monitoring group based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is expected to implement the new standards later this year, after which you should start seeing the certification pop up on store-bought salmon. (Look for a blue-green logo with a white check mark and the words "Farmed Responsibly - A.S.C certified.")
Read More: The First Global Standards for Salmon Farming at The New York Times
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