Around half the fish and seafood eaten worldwide today comes from aquacultures – and this trend is increasing. For us, it is therefore essential that these farms are sustainable and that the animals are kept and fed appropriately. This is why we are committed primarily to organic aquacultures.
Our Naturaplan fish and shrimps come from monitored organic farms known as aquacultures. The term “aquaculture” denotes the breeding and farming of fish and shrimps in natural ponds, artificially constructed pools or netted enclosures in the open sea. The Bio Suisse label only appears on products from regularly and independently monitored providers that fulfil the following criteria:
- Animal-friendly husbandry
- Monitored feedstuff without the addition of hormones or growth promoters
- No preventive use of medication
- Fish must, if possible, be of Swiss origin and/or have been processed in Switzerland
Identical requirements for imported fish
The strict Bio Suisse guidelines also apply for imported products. Fish and seafood may only be imported by sea, rail or road, and not by air. Shrimps are therefore frozen prior to import. Freezing the shrimps immediately after they are caught both stabilizes and maintains quality.
Case study: Naturaplan organic shrimps
The mangrove forests of the Mekong Delta form one of the most important ecosystems worldwide. They are home to countless species of fish and crustacean. However, intensive use of the Delta for shrimp cultivation has led to systematic deforestation. In addition, through excessive use of fertilizer and veterinary drugs, the breeding methods have resulted in polluted waters and soil salination.
In 2004, we became the first retailer worldwide to invest in organic-quality shrimps. In the meantime, around 75 per cent of our farmed shrimps come from organic aquacultures. Moreover, special guidelines have been introduced for the protection of the precious mangrove forests: the forests must account for at least half of the area covered by the organic farm or be compensated for through a reforestation programme.