ORGANIC ATLANTIC SALMON
Four miles off the West Coast of Ireland in the raging pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean lies the farm that is home to our organically raised salmon. The location of this marine site is one of the most exposed in Western Europe. The large robust Bridgestone cages at the site are currently home to their eighth generation of organically farmed salmon.
– the salmon are farmed in accordance with organic farming standards established by Naturland Verband (Germany), The Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), Bio Suisse (Switzerland) and Qualite France (France).
– the farm and all its related sites are audited on an annual basis by the certifying authorities.
– the high tidal exchange rates which characterize the area in which the farm is situated ensures that new water continually flushes through the cages and prevents the accumulation of parasites and pollutants.
– stocking densities are set to a maximum of ten kilos per cubic metre of water. This means that every two fish share one cubic metre of water.
– the fish are fed on an organic diet, which contains organic or natural ingredients only and is free from genetically modified organisms. The fish are fed by hand by local fishermen, who observe the fish and their environment on a daily basis.
– the fish meal in the diet is derived from the by-products (offal/fillet
trimmings) of pelagic fish caught for human consumption.
the pigment used in the feed is derived from a yeast called phaffia. It is a natural source of astaxanthin.
– the farming procedures adopted by the farm are altogether more
environmentally friendly. Examples of this include power washing of cage nets by seawater jet spray and the use of herbal remedies to combat the occurrence of sea lice.
TED THE FISHERMAN- from Angus Ontario.
This Arctic Char is organically grown, which means it grows in spring water and no artificial colour is added to the herring base food. Fish grows without sub therapeutic antibiotics and growth promoting hormones. It only has no more than 75% the number of calories of beef or pork. Arctic Char has higher protein content than beef, mutton or pork on an equal-weight basis. Its level of calcium, phosphorus and iron is higher. Polyunsaturated fats are believed to lower cholesterol and it is significant to know that fish contain up to 3 times more polyunsaturated fatty acids than vegetable oils, and much as 7 times more than beef. Omega 3 fatty acids (DHA + EPA), which is a type of “good fat” that the human body does not manufacture on its own, and it must be regularly consumed to maintain a healthy heart, brain and vision. Fish is a natural source of Omega 3.
(Disclosed Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Nutrition,