The Greek fish farm producer Argosaronikos S.A. was audited by an independent certification body, according to Friend of the sea requirements, and it was found compliant with all the strict Friend of the sea criteria for sustainable aquaculture.
Argosaronikos fish farms produce sea-bream (Sparus aurata), sea-bass (Disentrarchus labrax) and meagre (Argyrosomus regius). The production sites are located in Salamis, the largest island of the Saronic Gulf, located in an uninhabited bay surrounded by low forest trees and bushes. The installations include 27 inland based pools for the pre-fattening of juveniles, 15 sea based cages for feeding 100 meters from the coast and packing facilities.
In order to reduce escapes of the farmed eggs, larvae and species, the inland-based pools are equipped with filters. The potential environmental impacts are managed and controlled properly, preventing impact on surrounding ecosystem and managing waste appropriately. A 100 KW photovoltaic park was installed to meet the company’s energetic needs.
An efficient traceability system is in place, so that fishes are fully traced from eggs, throughout their life’s history on the farms, to the product line.
«We at Argosaronikos respect the environment and deeply believe in sustainable development,” explain Mr. Raftopoulos Tassos and Ms Laina Chara, Managing Director and Commercial Director of Argosaronikos respectively. “We are particularly fond of the Friend of the Sea certification, as it provides an international third party confirmation of our full engagement to sustainability.»
Argosaronikos fish farms produce up to 800 tons of fish a year. The firm’s modern installations are located in privately owned districts of Pyrgiakoni Bay, on the south side of the island of Salamis, and consist of:
- A modern hatchery for the production of fish from progenitors.
- Modern and automated pre-fattening units, until fishes reach the ideal size to continue their lives in the sea.
- Automated breeding units in the sea where fish grows in its natural environment, in much lower-than-average population densities.
- A modern packing unit, located 400 meters from the breeding units, so that fishes are packed immediately after harvesting.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 450 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.