Several major fish associations support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) taking into account organic standards for seafood caught in the wild.
During a listening session hosted by NOP leadership this month, the real Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) met with executives from sister trade associations, the Pacific Seafood Processors Association (PSPA), the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), the At Sea The Processors Association (APA) and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) commended the agency for exploring ways to add wild-caught seafood to the program.
“Americans rely on and trust the USDA organic label. The complete absence from the fish sector is a huge missed opportunity and we welcome the opportunity to work with the National Organic Program to correct this, ”said Craig Morris, CEO of GAPP.
“Quite simply, there is no ‘more organic’ product than wild-caught seafood, responsibly harvested from Alaska’s pristine waters.”
In collective comments submitted during the listening session, it was found that the Alaska region is a world leader in science-based marine resource conservation and fisheries management practices, according to a statement from the GAPP meeting.
There are currently no US organic standards for either wild-caught or farmed fish. However, the Organic Food Production Act includes seafood, which, according to the Organic Trade Association, enables organic standards to be created.