Organic Aquaculture

Organic Aquaculture Standard

Organic aquaculture production is based on national standards for organic aquaculture.  Canadian standards have been in place for aquaculture producers since 2012.

Regulation

Organic aquaculture is currently in a regulatory transition in Canada. Aquaculture products cannot currently be certified as organic under either provincial or federal regulations. 

Consumers can, however, ask the seller if the aquaculture products that are labelled as organic have been produced according to the Canada Organic Aquaculture Standard (#. CAN/CGSB-32.312-2012).

Upcoming Organic Policy changes

Starting in the fall of 2018, all food and beverage products marketed in B.C. as “organic” must be certified through an accredited federal or provincial certification body. This new approach could also apply to organic aquaculture products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is updating and consolidating Canada’s food regulations. As part of the Safe Food for Canadians Act, the Canada Organic Aquaculture Standard is expected to be incorporated into the federal Organic regulations and become part of the Canada Organic Regime in the future.