Just Established: The First Ever Global Standards for Salmon Farming

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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