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North American Seafood Expo, Boston

The North American Seafood Expo in Boston this spring time was a good opportunity to gain a general impression of what topics are considered important on the other side of the Atlantic. Ute Wiedenlübbert and Regina Metzger, both from Naturland, assessed the current situation.

As before, there is no intention of establishing a national organic certification programme in the USA. Nevertheless, the North American Seafood Expo has in recent years been making approaches towards the topic of organic aquaculture. The focus of players in this field is placed strongly on guaranteeing organic quality and on social themes. In contrast, the topic of animal welfare was only of marginal interest and is less intensively discussed than in Europe.

The topic of sustainability was also an item on the congress’ programme. Some of the issues perceived as innovative have been considered a standard matter in European guidelines for some years now. The best example of this is the determinant feature of the recovery and recycling of trimmings (left-overs from fish processing) to produce fish meal.

Metzger and Wiedenlübbert used the trade fair to exchange information and ideas about current developments and organic standards with member enterprises, processors and other interested businesses as well as with environmental organisations.

Seafood Expo Global, Brussels

With its 1,946 exhibitors from 78 countries, the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels is a must for members of the fishing industry in Europe. Numerous Naturland partners were represented at the trade fair in April with their own booths or attended it as visitors. Naturland used the trade fair to visit current partners, cultivate its contacts within the industry and exchange information with producers interested in certification to organic standards.

NA Seafood Show 250North-American-Seafood-ExpoAs was the case in Boston earlier, it was evident that, where certification was concerned, the focus was on fair trade, social conditions and wild fish as an alternative. Naturland heard criticism of current certification standards which, whilst being based correctly on quotas, nevertheless permitted dubious practices with respect to the actual fishing methods. Certification to the “Naturland Wildfish” standards was a laudable exception, since stipulations with respect to the fishing method and the equipment used are made specifically for every project. Organic aquaculture is, as before, poorly represented in Brussels as far as the number of exhibitors is concerned, but has however been experiencing steady healthy growth for some years now.

More information about the organic aquaculture of Naturland and it´s wildfish projects and it´s wildfish projects.