Sustainable Aquaculture Management
Since their establishment in the mid-1990s, the Naturland organic standards for aquaculture have developed to become the most important in the industry.
Fishing on free waters shows more and more negative impacts
In the case of seafood such as prawns and shrimps, fishing from wild stock is particularly problematic, whilst a side effect of breeding under conventional aquaculture is that it causes considerable ecological damage.
Naturlandshrimps are reared in organic aquaculture systems in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras, Vietnam, Bangladesh and lndonesia.
Eco-system friendly shrimps production
Low stocking densities, the prohibition of antibiotics and other chemotherapeutic agents, organic feed and humane breeding procedures comply with our understanding of ecofriendly shrimp production.
Reafforestation of the mangroves
One feature of environmental compatibility is the rigorous protection and reafforestation of the ecologically valuable mangrove forests. Naturland has made this a key element of the standards. The results can be seen in Ecuador, for example, where over 440 hectares of mangroves have been permanently reafforested since 2001.
Environmentally and socially sustainable
Another feature, besides the environmental aspect, is that of social sustainability: for many smallholders, such as the 1,000 members of OSP, Organic Shrimp Project, in Bangladesh, certification to the Naturland standards affords them access to the export market, protecting them from exploitative intermediaries and ensuring them a reliable income. Besides these advantages, shrimps reared in extensive organic farms are eminently suitable for polyculture projects, where other crustaceans and fish are reared in the same ponds, for the farmers' own consumption or for sale on local markets. This creates additional income for the smallholders and their families.