Organic Aquaculture Standards: Navigating Potential USDA Regulations

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium



Recommendations presently under review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will control the production, sale, and marketing of organic seafood and aquatic plants within the United States.  There are currently no existing federal standards for the organic certification or production of aquaculture in the United States. Aside from food safety concerns, there is no national oversight of organic aquaculture that is imported, produced, sold, or consumed in the United States. There are some international standards utilized by private foreign industry, but these organic standards vary by country, aquatic species, and certifying agent. This webinar will provide an overview of the legal and policy issues surrounding the development of organic aquaculture standards, including the recommendations of the Aquaculture Working Group.


This webinar was recorded on April 20, 2016.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, click here.



Alexandra Chase

National Sea Grant Law Center


Alexandra Chase is the Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow with the National Sea Grant Law Center and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Alexandra received a B.A. in English, Anthropology and Sociology from Centre College and a J.D. from the Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville. She is licensed to practice law in Florida.  As the NSGLC fellow, Alexandra researches, publishes, and presents on legal and policy issues related to aquaculture, agriculture and food, and ocean and coastal matters. She also co-teaches an online Adaptive Planning and Resilience professional development course at the University of Louisville. Alexandra is also part of an interdisciplinary Adaptive Water Governance team publishing on social-ecological system resilience, climate change, and adaptive water topics. She has been a board member for the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and believes in the value of community and stakeholder involvement.


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