Ecuador’s aquaculture program is alive and growing well and producing tilapia for local and worldwide consumption. The farm feeds these fish plankton and zooplankton in addition to natural probiotics that help the fish to digest their food naturally. Tilapia is one of the fastest to market fish which makes them a natural for farming.The water used in the ponds for the fish is saltwater that is replenished with each tide so the growing environment remains clean and refreshed.
On the Pacific coast near Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a Tilapia farm called Aquamar which is operated by Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.. This is where we source our fresh Tilapia. Enrico Delfini runs this farm and prides himself on their commitment to the environment. His farm is full of generations of sustainable practices that truly set his Tilapia apart from the rest.
His sustainable practices include:
Tilapia – Fresh from the Aquamar farm in Ecuador, these sustainable Tilapia are raised in low-density farms utilizing polyculture and recirculation. Polyculture provides a diverse aquatic environment for multiple species that complement each other. Recirculation helps save water and at Aquamar, all the water is filtered so it’s as clean coming in and it is going out. Aquamar was recently awarded the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) certificate for their responsibly farmed Tilapia, making them the first Tilapia farm in the Americas to receive ASC certification.
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A recirculating systems allows the use of only 10 percent of the water that normal aqua-farming requires. When you consider that it takes 1 million gallons of water to fill a one acre pond some of that savings will come to bear light.