I was reading through the USDA organic standards for organic aquaculture in Prof. Dr. Anglika Ploeger‘s Sustainable Nutrition class and am really astounded to see that this has been allowed to go through. That NOSB standard needs some attention from some activists and concerned citizens.
Prof. Dr. Ploeger and her assistant Sonika Aminforoughi gave us a lot of information and showed us some videos from Alaskan, Brittish and Scottish fisherman and activists. Fisherman have limited catches these days and what they are hauling in is a lot of messed up offspring of escaped aquaculture fish. The fish stocks are overcrowded in pens and become breeding grounds for all types of terrible fish diseases and louse which are then allowed to flow freely through the nets, as the mutant fish sometimes do as well, to infest and further deplete the populations of wild fishes.
Sustainability is a three part model including Economic, Social and Ecological realms. It appears that the industry played a larger role in the drafting of this document than environmental groups. The NOSB standard speaks only about animal welfare and very little about the ecological aspects of this hazardous fishing method.