A number of requirements have been set out in organic legislation for the collection of wild seaweed. An organic seaweed company must demonstrate in its business plan how it complies with these requirements. The business plan is used as a starting point for the audit. One point to consider when collecting seaweed is long-term sustainability.
Choice of location
The collection of wild seaweed can be certified as organic if the areas where the seaweed grows are of a very high ecological quality (not contaminated). The Dutch production regions for bivalves are taken as a starting point.
The collection must not be detrimental to the long-term stability of the natural habitat. You must be able to demonstrate this in your business plan.
Article 13 of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007: basic legislation (PDF) contains more information about the basic requirements. Articles 6, 25, and 29 of Regulation (EC) No. 889/2008: provisions governing implementation (PDF) contain most of the requirements for seaweed production.