Greenest Seafood Tropical Aquaculture Tilapia

February 15, 2011 09:38

Tropical's farms have more than 30 years experience in aquaculture with a foundation in low density, low impact farming, reports with reference to Tropical Aquaculture.

Tropical's Umbrella Policy describes [their] strict social and environmental practices at [their] 11 farms and five processing plants. Some components are: the use of low amounts of fishmeal in feed, resulting in a fish-in/fish-out ratio of 0.13 or less, producing at least 7.7 tons of tilapia per ton of wild whole fish utilized in their tilapia feed; an education program covers the cost of teachers and building maintenance in schools as well as providing weekly access to a staff physician; prevention of fish escapes to neighboring natural habitats by protecting and maintaining all inlets and outlets with reinforced screens; native tree-planting project which is an ongoing contribution to the preservation of local natural habitats; byproducts are used to produce fishmeal and fish oil.
Species name: Black tilapia - Chitralada and Red tilapia- Oreochromis
Water: Tropical's tilapia is grown in Ecuador (95%), Colombia and Brazil.
Farming method: Tropical uses land-based farms with low densities (1-1.5 fish per cubic meter), polyculture -raising tilapia and shrimp - in closed recirculating farming systems.

What sets them apart:

Tropical's fish are the only tilapia in the America's raised in saltwater employing low-density and polyculture systems. Polyculture allows for a better utilization of land and water.  Saltwater acts as a natural cleanser and gives the fish a distinct flavor and texture. Low-density reduces stress, making the fish less susceptible to diseases, eliminating the need for antibiotics or vaccinations. Over half of the company's production comes from recirculating water systems, allowing their farms to conserve water and reduce their impact on the surrounding environment, providing a more stable habitat for their tilapia.

Tropical does not use chemicals, preservatives, carbon monoxide or other additives during processing and utilizes tilapia byproducts including scales, skin, heads, mince and fishmeal.  Tropical's farms lead the industry in sustainability with two star BAP certification, GloabalGap, ISO and soon to be ISRTA certified. Tropical's farms continue to invest and develop new technology, while employing old lessons ensuring they continue to lead the industry.

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