FOS certifies first Greek fish farm
By SeafoodSource staff
19 January, 2012
Kefalonia Fisheries, a producer of Mediterranean sea bream, sea bass and meager, has obtained Friend of the Sea certification.
Kefalonia is family-owned, employs more than 100 people and produces and sells 8 million fry and more than 3,000 tons of bass and bream annually.
The Greek fishery has been the subject of the longest-running environmental impact study of sea bass and sea bream farming in Europe, managed by the Marine Biology Institute of the University of Crete. Accumulated data from more than 10 years has conclusively shown no adverse impact on the environment from the operation. According to fallowing practices, cage groups are rotated at the end of every production cycle in order to avoid the build-up of waste on the seabed.
The company doesn’t use and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or any other chemicals. The feed used by Kefalonia is made up entirely from wild fish trimmings from existing fisheries and it is GMO free. More than 80 percent of its production is exported, mainly to France and Italy, as well as Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Friend of the Sea certification has international recognition and reassures consumers about the sustainable origin of our product,” said Efi Moustaka, sales director for Kefalonia Fisheries. “Sustainable aquaculture which is environmentally friendly is essential in helping to alleviate the pressure on wild stocks and is an issue which is of great concern to us at Kefalonia Fisheries both as producers of course, but also as consumers.”
19 January, 2012