Author: Dr. M. Reza Ardakani, Vice President, ISOFAR; Director, IFOAM-IRAN: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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Welcoming address by Dr. M. Reza Ardakani, Executive Manager of the Workshop. 105 participants from different disciplines such as aquaculture producers (individual or in cooperatives), post graduate students, faculty members, scientists from different research institutes, private and governmental authorities attended in this 2 days workshop.

Aquaculture production in Iran increased rapidly from 3 219 tones in 1978 to 371 840 tones in 2014, representing approximately 39.2 percent of the total fish production. This
proportion is expected to increase during the fifth sixth-year plan which began in 2017 to 45.5 percent. Aquaculture systems distribution and characteristics in Iran are based on warm water fish culture, cold water fish culture (rainbow trout), shrimp culture and culture-based fisheries. On the other hand, t
he issue of organic production has attracted significant attention in Iran and positive measures have been taken in respect though further steps to catch up with the global pace of organic production mainly through filling the existing information gap.



Two IFOAM- International Self Organized Sector Platforms; IFOAM-IRAN and IFOAM Aquaculture organized a workshop on “Organic Aquaculture” in order to develop and promote production and marketing of organic aquaculture products in Iran which sponsored and supported by Iran Organic Association (IOA); Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Mines, Industries and Agriculture; Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (IFSRI); Iran Fisheries Organization (IFO)- Ministry of Agriculture and numbers of other governmental authorities and private sectors.


During the opening ceremony, Deputy Head of IFO, Dr. Hossein Abdulhay stated that aquaculture production is common in all provinces and Iran worlds ranked is the firstfor rainbow trout, sixteen in shrimpand also among top 10 countries for caviar production. Dr. Hans Stefan Bergleiter on behalf of IFOAM Aquaculture and Naturland Co. from Germany and Dr. Jaakko Nuutila, ISOFAR Board Member and Research Scientist at Natural Resources Institute Finland were the resource persons for this workshop which held 8- 9 May 2018 in Tehran- Iran.


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Dr.   Hans Stefan Bergleiter stated the most important technical issues, standards   and regulations for developing organic aquaculture.

Dr.   Jaakko Nuutila focused on organic food systems and the role of organic   aquaculture and its effects on value chains with presenting two case studies   in Vietnam and Slovenia.



The topics focused on:

- Economical, ecological and social implications of aquaculture products
The EU regulation and private standards for organic aquaculture/ Legal norms and guidelines / official and private standards
- Perspectives of organic aquaculture production
- Conversion problems, risk assessment and evaluation
Specific organic aquaculture fields: shrimp, trout, microalgae, plus a view to recirculation aquaculture and integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA)

- Quality management and assurance in organic aquaculture
- Inspection and certification processes
- Labelling/ packaging and marketing
- Case studies and value chains

The outcome of this workshop: In order to accelerate of acquiring modern sciences, practices and techniques in Organic Aquaculture production systems, for the first step, IFSRI is going to create a group of experts to develop the practical guidelines for organic aquaculture in Iran for all producers (cooperatives and private sectors) and for different types of products with considering a pilot project in a research station at Mazandaran Province in North of Iran, close to Caspian Sea.



closing ceremony


Closing Ceremony!


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