Lockwood: U.S. organic aquaculture standards need urgent action
Aquaculture Working Group chair asks for immediate appeals to Under Secretary Gary Ibach Even with official recommendations that Americans eat two portions of seafood weekly, seafood is the only food group that does not have access to the valuable USDA Organic label. For many years now, an appointed group of aquaculture experts called the Aquaculture…
George Lockwood is the chair of the Aquaculture Working Group advising the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on organic aquaculture standards. He is a pioneer fish farmer, former president of the World Aquaculture Society, and a drafter of the National Aquaculture Act of 1980. His book AQUACULTURE: Will it Rise to its Potential to Feed the World? addresses many federal policies that have restrained the development of aquaculture in the United States. It has a chapter on how organic aquaculture in the United States has been prevented from becoming a reality. He lives in Carmel Valley, Calif.