The farming site “Fattoria del Pesce” srl., consisting of farmers with decades of experience in land-based aquaculture, works in the heart of the Natural Park of the Ticino Valley, using production facilities built at the end of the 50’s by some of the Italian pioneers of trout farming.
Trout farming takes place in a flow-through system made up of long shallow tanks with continuously flowing water coming from the spring waters available in this area. The trouts are reared following their natural growth pattern which depends on local environmental and water parameters like temperatures and oxygen and in respect of the local veterinary legislation. These paramenters determine the productive performance of the trouts.
Fattoria del Pesce Srl farming site and processing factory, have undergone audit for the Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) production and were found to be in conformity with all Friend of the Sea sustainable aquaculture requirements.
During the assessment process the company provided water parameters and energy balance information as well as all accurate documents attesting compliance of the farming site management system with FOS standards. Maintenance and control procedures, in particular a system of grid to prevent birds, herons in particular, to be injured were found to be compliant after having put in practice FOS required corrective actions.
A specific study based on the analysis of sensitive environmental indicators, allowed to assess the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Every single stretch of water affected by the production process was analyzed and the results showed that the impact is to be considered extremely low.
“We know that Friend of the Sea certification represents an important added value for our production and we are proud to have achieved a positive evaluation against all audit requirements,” comments Mr. Maurizio Grispan Director of La Fattoria del Pesce.
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international non-profit certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Certified products are fished from not overexploited nor IUCN Redlisted stocks and with selective methods which do not impact the seabed. Those originate from aquaculture are reared with respect of critical habitat, with no use of antifoulants, GMOS and growth hormones.
Over 250 companies in 50 countries worldwide have relied on Friend of the Sea to certify the sustainability of the origin of their products. An estimated 40% of applications either do not qualify for audit (eg: because targeted stock is officially overexploited or data deficient) or else they do not pass the actual onsite audit (for non conformity with other requirements). Selectivity provides further assurance to consumers on the reliability of the certification. Nowadays 70 different species are available on the market with Friend of the Sea seal of approval.