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Soil Association standards top WWF study

UK - The Soil Associations organic fish farming standards scored 90 per cent and was ranked first in a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) study of 24 international aquaculture certification schemes.

The study analysed existing certification programmes against criteria that WWF believes are important to achieve sustainability and credibility in the aquaculture sector.
Four key issues were examined:

  • the environment
  • social issues
  • animal welfare and the standard setting
  • certification process
Of the 24 aquaculture standards examined, 17 were selected for the benchmarking study. Ten organic standards were included in the study and gave the top ten scores.

Peter Bridson, Soil Association.

Soil Association Aquaculture Programme manager Peter Bridson said the organisation have always been committed to developing the highest standards possible for farmed fish, particularly for salmon and trout in the UK.

"It is very encouraging to get international recognition from an organisation such as WWF for all this hard work. Despite having the highest score, the report still highlights areas for further improvement. Some of these have already been achieved since the report was drafted, but we are continuously working to improve the standards further," he added.