Conference on Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture

Dimensions and Tools of Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture in Northern Europe

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The conference was organised by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A separate Workshop on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, also financed by the NCM and organised by Technical University of Denmark (DTU), was linked to the conference (www.NordicRAS.net). Together, these two consecutive events formed the Aquaculture Forum. The conference brought together 125 participants from thirteen different European countries. There was broad representation from the aquaculture sector in Europe: central and local administrations, research institutes, universities, industry and a range of other organisations.



Acceptability – Success in competition for the souls of customers – quality, organic production, eco-labelling

This session concentrated on eco-labelling and organic production. Environmental certification is a business which is carried out because it is profitable for certifiers and for trade, but at the same time it uses retailer buying power to reduce the environmental impacts of the production of commodities. Behind it lies goodwill, but current practice may not serve the ideology and consumers in the best possible way. As different organisations can quite freely create and allow the use of their own labels, there may be several labels on the same product which can be confusing to consumers. Consumers may not know what criteria are behind the label but still they want to see them on the packages in order to provide them with peace of mind. In fact, it is mainly the retailers who use the labels to reinforce their credibility and show their commitment to protecting the environment. Traders can choose which certification system they favour in their product selections. There are numerous types of certification of commodities, for example environmental, social, animal welfare and food safety. Ultimately it is consumers who bear the cost of labelling.


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