L’Aquaculture Tunisienne – European sea-bass and gilthead sea-bream producer – was audited by an independent certification body, according to Friend of the sea requirements, and it was confirmed as being compliant with all the strict Friend of the sea criteria for aquaculture at sea.
The hatchery has a capacity of 20 million of fry. The on-growing takes place in pond with a capacity of 1,500 tons per year and a seawater intake of 10,000 liters/second.
The potential environmental impacts are managed and controlled properly, monitoring water parameters, preventing impact on surrounding ecosystem, managing waste appropriately. Filtering screens are installed in each pond and each channel water discharge.
The fish escapes prevention system has been improved and the energy management system was found to be compliant. The company adopts an annual monitoring plan of its energy production. Furthermore an advanced mechanism of micro-hydro turbines was installed in order to generate electricity and improve the energy efficiency of the farm.
“We are particularly fond of the Friend of the Sea certification, as it allows us to independently confirm our full engagement to sustainability at international level” comments Mr. Karim Garnaoui, CEO of L’Aquaculture Tunisienne.
Founded in 1988 by M’hamed Driss, L’Aquaculture Tunisienne represents the first aquaculture farm in Tunisia. The company is specialized in the reproduction, farming and marketing of European sea-bass and gilthead sea-bream. L’Aquaculture Tunisienne is part of the MARHABA Hotels Group which is well known for the quality of its fresh products and the fast provisioning of its customers.
CEO – Karim Garnaoui
Friend of the Sea
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 350 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.
Paolo Bray – Director