EU ORGANIC AQUACULTURE

 The aim of this study was to investigate the economic performance of organic aquaculture, focusing on price premiums and differences in production costs deriving from organic certification and identifying the beneficiaries of added value in the supply chain. As agreed with DG MARE, the information has been collected in two phases:

• Literature review about EU organic aquaculture production and EU organic fish market, one of the main sources of information being the OrAqua project reports.

• Interviews with a limited number of certified organic aquaculture producers, ensuring that the main species and production areas are covered.

In addition, a few large-scale retailers and wholesalers have been also interviewed in order to investigate their purchase strategy towards organic fish products. These two phases led to the collation of updated organic aquaculture production data in EU by MS and by species, the comparison of economic performance between organic and conventional aquaculture, and an analysis of the EU organic fish market characteristics and drivers in the supply chain (here)