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Aquaculture, general requirements - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Aquaculture, general requirements - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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The Bio Austria General Standard deals with two types of habitats: The habitat for carps rules the production in stagnant and warmer stretches of water. The habitat for trout rules the production of predatory fish in cold running stretches of water, high in oxygen oxygen content but lacking in nutrients. Until aquatic production is ruled by the EU Regulation 2092/91 the rules for different animals are valid for the aquatic production by analogy if practicable. The basis is: The fish production in ponds tries to achieve closed cycles of materials and healthy ecological systems. Therefore methods and techniques are used which infinitely maintain the fertility of fish and stretch of water, use renewable resources, prevent pollution of the environment, support the natural cycles in water and do not disturb any other processes of the food chain. The natural behaviour and needs of the fish are the basis for structuring and assessing the conditions of fish keeping. The Bio AUSTRIA General Standard for fish is the same as that of the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus and therefore it is valid for all organic fish farms in Austria. It contains detailed rules for water quality, cultivation, stock and keeping, therapy and hygiene, fish multiplying, origin and dissemination, feed and feed buying, fish protection, conversion and control. (BA-Rules 2006 chapter 3.17)


The Bio Austria General Standard is more detailed as the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not cover rules for fish production.


In the case of fish production EU Regulation does not give legal rules and it is therefore necessary to give minimum standards to this part of animal husbandry.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > Aquaculture - not in EC Reg

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Aquaculture/Fish
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of fairness
Ecological principle
Principle of health
ID Code:841
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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