Consumer perception and scientific knowledge of stocking density in organic aquaculture
Espmark A.M., Honkanen P, Altintzoglou T, Sæther B.S., Noble C, Abbink W, Jokumsen A, Lembo G, Spedicato M.T., Ljung M, Blancheton Jean-Paul, Olesen I
As part of the EU project OrAqua, literature reviews of consumer’s issues and welfare aspects related to organic aquaculture have been carried out. The objective of the study is to give scientific input to the regulations for organic aquaculture production. Of welfare issues, most factors are covered; husbandry; water quality; light and photoperiod, stocking density, transport, slaughter and veterinary treatment. This presentation will discuss the relations between current organic regulations from the EU, consumer’s perception and scientific knowledge of stocking density in Atlantic salmon, trout, sea bass and sea bream. The stakeholder’s opinions and interests, will also be presented here. Feedback from stakeholders were given on the topic stocking density at the first of three stakeholder events of the OrAqua project.