Farmed yellowtail kingfish FoS

20 Nov 2014

Yellowtail kingfish producer Clean Seas has been confirmed compliant with Friend of the Sea’s criteria for aquaculture at sea.

Clean Seas is the only commercial producer of yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) in Australia, with operations in the pristine waters of South Australia. The kingfish is sold to domestic and international markets under the brand hiramasa|kingfish.

CleanSeas' Arno Bay Hatchery consists of 406ha of coastal and estuarine environment. The hatchery facility grows yellowtail kingfish fingerlings indoors by using filtered seawater pumped directly from an ocean intake. The fingerlings are then transferred to grow-out sea pens in open water sea farm sites located in the Spencer Gulf. 

The sea pens are designed to maximise water flow and are regularly monitored by dive teams to ensure that the structures are maintained sound and environmental requirements are satisfied. The fish are regularly monitored by health technicians.

"We are pleased to see our efforts confirmed and recognisable around the world, as our products will continue displaying the Friend of the Sea logo in Europe, Asia and North America", said Dr Craig Foster, CEO of Clean Seas.

"We recognise that the quality of our farmed seafood is determined by our customers' needs and expectations. To achieve this, we are committed to a process of continually improving our operations and our fish. Consumers need to know when purchasing seafood that there is an alternative to purchasing a depleting seafood species, the alternative is to buy a sustainable aquaculture product that carries the Friend of the Sea seal of approval."

Clean Seas is on track to increase annual sales of kingfish from 570 tonnes in 2012/2013 to 1,500 tonnes by 2015 to meet rising worldwide demand.

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