“Stolt Sea Farm” farming sites and processing plant, have positively undergone Friend of the Sea audit for the turbot (Psetta maxima) production, and were found to be in conformity with all Friend of the Sea sustainable aquaculture requirements.
Stolt Sea Farm is one of the world leading producers of turbot, delivering 5,000 tonnes to its customers each year. Available in different sizes, this fish species is mainly destined to wholesalers and retail chains based in Europe, mainly in Spain, Italy, France, Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland.
Turbot inland farming takes place close to the coast in tanks receiving waters directly from outfalls. A system of pumps distributes the water, which is previously oxygenated, from a catchment pit into the tanks. The pipe that delivers water to the nursery and pre fattening passes through filters and ultraviolet light, to guarantee high water quality. Every 75 minutes water is renewed in each tank.
A computer system controls every step of the production, not only water parameters but also the feeding phase and any treatment. Escapes are not possible. During the assessment process the company provided all accurate documents attesting compliance of the farming site management system with FOS standards. The farming sites are ISO 14001 certified. There is no use growth hormones or any other chemical compounds in the feed.
“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. We have received this certification for the third time and it is from 2006 that we are complying with their requirements” comments Mr. Luis Toro Director of Stolt Sea Farm.
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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.
Stolt Sea Farm
Stolt Sea Farm is a division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited and employs more than 5,000 staff in 33 offices around the world. It is one of the world’s most advanced high-tech aquaculture companies, specialized in the production of high quality turbot, sole, sturgeon and caviar.
Stolt Sea Farm engages in a process of continuous improvement, driven by substantial ongoing investments in research and development.
Since the founding of Stolt Sea Farm in 1972, the company has been committed to the advancement of aquaculture as an environmentally sustainable source of healthy food.