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Tropical Aquaculture's monthly newsletter will give you timely and relevant information about our Vermont based company as well as our overseas facilities. Each month we will also share points from our Umbrella Policy that we currently practice - so keep your eyes open!


Trout Farm Certified Sustainable 




Our Rainbow Trout farm, Lamasur, was certified sustainable by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) late last month. Located in Bajo Mono, in the town of Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama, Lamasur is a vertically integrated company that has been exclusively producing Rainbow Trout since 1993. 


The farm was evaluated against strict quality standards for maintaining healthy populations and ecosystems and for product traceability. Among other criteria, the auditor verified compliance with the non-use of antibiotics, added growth hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and poultry and mammalian by-products in feed. Our husbandry practices were recognized as sustainable as the impacts of farming on the environment have been minimized by protecting surrounding habitats, monitoring water quality to prevent pollution and responsibly sourcing feed ingredients.


Since their beginnings, Lamasur has been committed to the care of the environment through a protection program in the Parque Nacional Volcán Barú, one of the protected areas in that zone. The farm is responsible for protecting the flora and fauna of the surrounding 2,500 acres. Additionally, they have a cleaning program for the river Río Caldera with the town of Boquete, the fire department, the National Environmental Authority and the National Chamber of Civic Protection. 


Regarding social responsibility, the company has not only focused on the well-being of their employees but they also maintain yearly donation programs to charity organizations such as the Casa Esperanza ("House of Hope").


We are proud to offer a product to the United States market that not only complies with strict quality standards such as this certification, but is also produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. 

Native Flora Reforestation Project in Ecuador


Tree CollageIn 2007 an eco-friendly inititative was launched by Aquamar S.A., one of our Ecuadorian tilapia farms. The "Native Flora Reforestation" program was designed to care for and enrich the diverse habitat and ecosystem surrounding that farm. 
Today, the program has planted, monitored and maintained a total of 547 trees and shrubs of varying species native to the farm's location. 


Native flora including; Sangre de Gallina, Guachapelí, Saman, Cana Fistola, Amarillo, Pechiche, Fernan Sánchez and Guayacón, were planted in designated areas of the farm and neighboring zones in the past five years. 


Prior to planting, designated sections of the land were identified and weeded in order to create suitable growing conditions. Flora introduced into these areas is monitored annually for growth, survival and its effect on the surrounding habitat.


Reforestation of native species improves air quality as the leaves filter the air we breathe, absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from the air and give off oxygen. It also creates a sound barrier for the farm's inhabitants and its surroundings while expanding a healthy habitat for local flora and fauna to flourish.


As with the rest of our practices, environmental stewardship is a key component in all of our operations. We produce premium seafood and are committed to utilizing our natural resources in a responsible manner. We invest in the conservation and replenishment of natural resources in order to maintain a healthy, green ecosystem for future generations. 
Certification Corner 


Want to understand more about the various certifications that are out there? We can help! Each month we will pose a frequently asked question as well as an answer. We will discuss certifications that Tropical currently carries.



Q: How do GlobalG.A.P. and BAP handle legal compliance? Do they override local laws? 

A: Both standards have a similar approach in regards to legal compliance. BAP standards demand compliance with local regulations as the first step toward certification. However, not all regulations are equally rigorous. For this reason, BAP standards require documentation and procedures that must be in farm management plans whether or not they are already prescribed by local laws. Where possible, they seek to enforce consistency in performance among facilities in different producing regions and to engage the industry as a whole in a process of continuous improvement.


Local legislation overrides GlobalG.A.P. where relevant legislation is more demanding. Where there is no legislation (or legislation is not as strict) GlobalG.A.P. provides a minimum acceptable level of compliance. Legal compliance of all applicable legislation per se is not a condition for certification. GlobalG.A.P. audits, carried out by third-party certification bodies, do not replace the responsibilities of public compliance agencies to enforce legislation.


Staff Notes


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On May 17th, Roberto Cabrera, Logistics Coordinator, celebrated his 8th anniversary at Tropical. On May 19th, Karen Cleary, Staff Accountant, celebrated her 9th anniversaryCongratulations to both of you and thank you for your hard work!


Cody Murray, intern data analyst, received the Academic Excellence award in Mathematics from Castleton State College for the 2011-2012 school year. This award is given to one student who goes above and beyond what is assigned and sets new standards for the department. Congratulations!
On the 29th, Larissa Bassarab will celebrate her 30th birthday and Lorena Schwarz celebrates her 43rd birthday on the 31st of this month! Happy Birthday!     

Shrimp Scampi
Shrimp Scampi with Green Onions and Orzo

This family favorite never grows old! For a meal the whole family is sure to love, make shrimp scampi tonight! Click here for the recipe.

Take a Look at Our Journey to Sustainability
Learn about our Umbrella Policy on our website where you can download or print a version of our Sustainability brochure.

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