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IMO at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels (Belgium)

Our aquaculture and fisheries experts will be present at the Seafood Expo and Seafood Processing Global from the 26th to 28th of April 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). The Seafood Expo is the world's largest seafood trade exposition. With more than 26,000 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood professionals from over 140 countries, it presents an excellent place to get to know the latest developments of the seafood market and to get in contact with different stakeholders. In order to meet the IMO team at the Seafood Expo, we kindly invite you to make an appointment at

IMO at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston (Massachusetts)

IIMO was active at the annual Seafood Expo North America event held in Boston, Massachusetts. The trade show was held from March 16th -18th and welcomed more than 1 090 exhibiting companies from 47 countries in its 33rd year. Sustainability was frequently on the minds and tongues of exhibitors and patrons, as consumer awareness in North America is helping to drive demand for more sustainable and traceable products. Several IMO-certified companies were exhibiting. There was much speculation about a possible 2014 draft release of the USDA NOP aquaculture organic standard, as it will be a major topic during the next biannual meeting of the National Organic Standards board from 28 April-2 May. As the show drew to a close, the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) held a symposium to discuss progress on and plans to create a global benchmarking system for a number of highly regarded organic and sustainable standards for fisheries and aquaculture, using the FAO guidelines as a baseline.
The IMO aqua department looks forward to the finale of the early 2014 trade shows with attendance at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, May 6th -8th 2014 and other events.

(04.04.2014/tos, loh)

First MSC certification in Latin America - certified by IMO 

IMO certified the Chilean mussel fishery Toralla S.A. for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which represents the first MSC-certified project in Chile and Latin America. The MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing is the leading eco-labeling programme for wild capture fisheries around the world. The eco-label stands for responsible and sustainable fishing practices. For more information on the Toralla S.A.the standard and certification...


IMO certifies supplier for British Whole Foods Market

U.K. sea bass farmer, Anglesey Aquaculture is the first company certified by IMO to supply British Whole Foods Market stores.
After 5 years of experience selling certified aquaculture products in the US stores, Whole Foods Market UK are raising the bar and equally switching to a certified seafood assortment. According to the retailer’s in-house seafood quality standards, IMO carries out audits and certification for farmed Finfish and Shrimp. Read more...

New partnership with Debio for Aquaculture & Fisheries Certification in Norway

Both with more than 25 years of experience in providing certification services, the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) with its worldwide network of experts and Debio with its local expertise in Norway, are pleased to introduce together our services concerning the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Sustainable Aquaculture programme for Cain of Custody (COC) Certification and the Marine Stewardship Council’s Fishery and Chain of Custody Certification. Debio is an experienced non-profit members’ organization with its headquarters in Bjorkelangen. It developed the first standard on Organic Aquaculture in 1995 and its main role today is as third party certification body of organic production in Norway. We will be glad to lead you through the assessment and certification procedure to reach these high quality standards. In addition to ASC COC and MSC COC, IMO and Debio offer a wide range of organic and other sustainable aquaculture certifications, as well as social and fair-trade certification. To combine audits with other standards of interest, please contact us.

IMO Fisheries and Aquaculture at the International Boston Seafood Show, 2013

IMO was present at the International Boston Seafood Show (IBSS) in Boston, USA in March of this year. The event has grown since its inception in 1985 to include over 19,000 attendees all specifically involved in the seafood industry, as well as 1,017 exhibiting companies representing 47 countries. We used this opportunity to develop new contacts and networks in the Americas, as well as maintain relationships with existing clients and standard owners who were in attendance. Since organic regulation for aquaculture under the National Organic Program (NOP) in the US is still under development, many producers are looking for reputable ecolabels to help strengthen the visible integrity of their product. Increased consumer awareness is also driving many companies to indicate the environmental sustainability of their product. This facet of the seafood industry is still growing in the Americas and it is expected to increase with the demand for sustainable and responsible seafood. We are excited to be a part of this progress and are looking forward to attending the show in Boston next year.

(15.05.2013/tos, loh)

News from the European Seafood Exhibition 2013

The annual European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe in Brussels is the world‘s largest seafood trade fair. 25,600 buyers, suppliers, media and other seafood-industry professionals from over 140 countries attended the 2012 fair to meet face to face and do business. At the European Seafood Exhibition 2013 IMO staff were very busy attending meetings with the EU commission, SIPPO, Naturland, ASC, Whole Foods Market, producers, processors/exporters and partners as well as participating in side-events.
Please find the latest news that were announced on the ESE:

  • EU organic regulation: revision for aquaculture
    It is in discussion to extend the deadline for the ending of the transition period, hence providing an opportunity for required technologies to develop in order to make organic fingerlings/PL available. However, this extension has not yet been confirmed and may finally not be approved. The commission hopes to make a first official statement end May. Until then, the risk for producers remains high, whether or not to invest in new cycles or to close down organic production. If no extension is given it is estimated that most shrimp, pangasius and other producers will lose their certification. This was discussed at a session from Naturland and the European Research Project Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT) called Revisiting EU Aquaculture Regulation: possibilities and risks.
  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council ASC: The SAD, salmon aquaculture dialogue, standard and audit manual was announced on 24th April at ESE.

(05.05.2013/mis, loh)

IMO offers Chain of custody certification

Every step in the supply chain of ASC products, from the farm to the consumer, must be certified according to the ASC COC standard. The COC standard for ASC is based on the MSC COC standard. From 2012 onwards IMO will offer combined audits according to both MSC COC and ASC COC, as well as other standards such as organic, AquaGAP, GlobalG.A.P. etc. If you plan to include ASC products in your assortment in 2012, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

GlobalGAP Aquaculture: scope extensions

AquaGAP: A certification programme for Good Aquaculture Practices. More information...

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