OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación
OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación OIA - Organización Internacional Agropecuaria | Servicio Internacional de Certificación

Aquaculture

The organic aquaculture is becoming an important alternative to food production with great potential for development, mainly as a result of the growing interest of consumers for food produced and processed in an environmentally friendly way.

The aquaculture program includes different production ways, in freshwater or seawater, and a variety of species.

OIA’s organic standards comprehend the production of carnivore, omnivore and herbivore organisms in all growth stages in any type of systems, either close or open (ponds, tanks and enclosures).

All natural organisms in different catching areas can be certified as organic/biologic/ecologic.

The aquatic organisms that move freely in open water and cannot be inspected according to the organic aquaculture standards, can alternatively be evaluated by the OIA-MSC program for sustainable fisheries.

The time between the beginning of the organic/ecologic/biologic process and obtaining the organic condition for aquaculture products is known as period of transition (or conversion).

The period of transition varies according to the type of production, production time, biological characteristics of organisms, geographical conditions, environmental factors, etc.

What are the advantages of this certification?
  • It provides reliability to consumers
  • Access to differentiated trading channels
  • Sustainability to the environment
  • Preservation of hydro biological species

Who can obtain this certification?
All aquaculture production facilities registered according to the national regulations of the country where they operate.

How is the Organic Aquaculture certification process?
  1. The process starts when the producer introduces to OIA the project to be certified.
  2. After the certification request and signature of contract between OIA and the customer, there is an exchange of documents and information as required by the certification program.
  3. After the inspection, an inspection report is made and there may or may not appear non-compliances. The customer is certified after a positive report without non-compliances.
  4. Then, the cycle restarts for supervision.