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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!


Irish Organic Salmon: Organic Practices 


There is no doubt you've come into contact with some aspect of "Organic Food" during your last visit to your local market. In recent years, organic fruits, vegetables and other goods have become prominent on the shelves of supermarkets and in shopping carts. In fact, the organic food sector grew by 9.5 percent in 2011, reaching $31.5 billion in sales and representing 4.2 percent of all U.S. food sales.


While the USDA has not yet finalized the standard for organic seafood in the United States, in 1991, the EU established its first organic regulation, which was based on the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) formed in 1972. Moreover, the EU legally included seafood in their organic standards since 2007.


Although every European certification body may evaluate different criteria and the way in which the organic standards are administered, they all cover these fundamental principles of organic fish farming: (1) to maintain a healthy and sustainable aquatic ecosystem that protects the welfare of the farmed species, (2) the system must be free of inputs prohibited by the standard, such as herbicides or other agro-chemical pesticides and (3) must not be affected by or cause pollution to the environment.


Tropical has partnered with premium organic farms, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon of Bantry Bay and Glenarm Organic Salmon from Northern Ireland, in order to  have a year-round supply of organic salmon.


Murphy's Irish Seafood produces organic salmon, certified under the standards set by Agriculture Biologique (AB) of France and EU Organic. In addition, Murphy's Irish Organic Salmon is raised according to organic guidelines set by the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA).


 Organic Chart - FINAL

Glenarm Organic Salmon is farmed according to standards set by the UK's leading certification body, The Organic Food Federation, which was established in 1986 and oversees all areas of organics. They raise their salmon giving, "priority to the health and welfare of the fish, to the long term protection of the environment and to deliver an outstanding product to our customers. We achieve this and more by ensuring strict adherence to the organic standards allowing us to work in harmony with nature whilst producing salmon that are as close to 'wild nature' as you will find!", said John Russell, Managing Director.


So, stop wondering about the significance of 'organic' and make your next purchasing decision, simple. This chart will show you the basics of 'organic' standards at a glance so you can make an educated choice! 


Call your customer service representative today to 

experience the true taste of organic seafood! (800) 277 3459

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: Are there differences in how BAP, GlobalGap  & ASC handle fish escapes? 

A: The criteria of all three certification schemes regarding this issue is similar in that all require continuous monitoring for escapes, filter screens at all inlets and outlets, records about the condition and repairs of these screens and a clear protocol to prevent overtopping by storm surges, waves or flood water.

Fish escapes are a critical issue covered by all certification schemes. Escapes can become vectors of disease, potentially compete with native species for food and have a negative impact on the inhabitants of the ecosystems. 


Staff Notes


Matt Busko, Logistics Coordinator, celebrated his birthday on the 1st of this month. Make sure to wish him a Happy Belated Birthday! 


Roberto Cabrera, Logistics Coordinator, celebrates his birthday for the 9th year at Tropical later this month. Feliz Cumpleaños!

salmon burger
Salmon Burgers with Spinach & Ginger


THINKSMARTBURGERThis burger is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and the spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K which supports healthy brain function! It's a no-brainer!! 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.

Questions? Comments?  Contact us by email or or call us toll-free at 1-800-277-3459  www.eattilapia.com

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