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HONDURAS - New vdeo showcases sustainable success story for tilapia aquaculture

Regal Springs tilapia operation in northwest Honduras is the subject of a new mini-documentary that is the second in a video series showcasing sustainable aquaculture around the world

December 18, 2013


Regal  Springs’  tilapia  operation  in  northwest  Honduras  is  the  subject  of  a  new  mini-documentary  that  is  the  second  in  a  video  series  showcasing  sustainable  aquaculture  around  the  world.  Produced  by  the  U.S.  Soybean  Export  Council  (USSEC)  with  funding  from  the  soybean  check-off  program,  

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The  Regal  Springs/Aquafinca  operation  in  Honduras  is  the  first  aquaculture  facility  worldwide  to  be  certified  by  the  Aquaculture  Stewardship  Council,  according  to  stringent  standards  that  must  be  met  for  the  health  of  the  fish,  environmental  impact,  and  social  justice  and  community  support,  in  order  to  be  certified  as  sustainable.  USSEC  has  provided  support  for  Regal  Springs/Aquafinca  in  the  form  of  training,  feed  formulation  trials,  seminars,  and  technical  consultation.  

Replacing ¬†wild-caught ¬†fishmeal ¬†and ¬†fish ¬†oil ¬†in ¬†feed ¬†with ¬†soybean ¬†meal ¬†lowers ¬†the ¬†fish‚Äźin:fish‚Äźout ¬†ratio ¬†of ¬†feed, ¬†which ¬†helps ¬†to ¬†enhance ¬†overall ¬†sustainability ¬†of ¬†farmed ¬†fish. ¬†Regal ¬†Springs‚Äô ¬†vertically ¬†integrated ¬†operation ¬†in ¬†Honduras ¬†consists ¬†of ¬†a ¬†hatchery, ¬†two ¬†grow‚Äźout ¬†locations ¬†in ¬†Lake ¬†Yojoa ¬†and ¬†El ¬†Cajon ¬†Reservoir, ¬†a ¬†processing ¬†plant ¬†and ¬†feed ¬†mill. ¬†

The ¬†fish ¬†are ¬†raised ¬†from ¬†hatch ¬†to ¬†harvest, ¬†and ¬†every ¬†part ¬†of ¬†the ¬†fish ¬†is ¬†utilized ¬†in ¬†processing ¬†‚Äź ¬†for ¬†example, ¬†producing ¬†bio-diesel ¬†and ¬†fishmeal ¬†and ¬†fish ¬†oil ¬†for ¬†shrimp ¬†feed ¬†from ¬†trimmings ¬†- so ¬†that ¬†there ¬†is ¬†no ¬†waste ¬†from ¬†the ¬†processing ¬†plant. ¬†Sustainability ¬†is ¬†at ¬†the ¬†core ¬†of ¬†Regal ¬†Springs‚Äô ¬†business ¬†philosophy, ¬†and ¬†translates ¬†not ¬†just ¬†into ¬†environmentally ¬†sound ¬†production ¬†methods ¬†and ¬†no-waste ¬†processing ¬†technology, ¬†but ¬†also ¬†social ¬†programs ¬†for ¬†the ¬†company‚Äôs ¬†workers ¬†and ¬†communities ¬†in ¬†which ¬†they ¬†do ¬†business. ¬†These ¬†programs ¬†include ¬†providing ¬†educational ¬†resources ¬†and ¬†building ¬†schools ¬†in ¬†the ¬†area, ¬†managing ¬†a ¬†forest ¬†conservation ¬†program, ¬†stock ¬†enhancement ¬†for ¬†local ¬†fishermen, ¬†and ¬†providing ¬†fingerlings ¬†for ¬†community ¬†aquaculture ¬†projects. ¬†

‚ÄúRegal ¬†Springs‚Äô ¬†tilapia ¬†operations ¬†around ¬†the ¬†world ¬†are ¬†a ¬†good ¬†example ¬†of ¬†modern ¬†aquaculture ¬†as ¬†a ¬†sustainable ¬†business ¬†enterprise,‚ÄĚ ¬†said ¬†Dr. ¬†Michael ¬†Cremer, ¬†International ¬†Aquaculture ¬†Senior ¬†Program ¬†Advisor ¬†at ¬†USSEC. ¬†‚ÄúAquaculture ¬†will ¬†continue ¬†to ¬†be ¬†a ¬†major ¬†source ¬†of ¬†healthy ¬†food ¬†for ¬†a ¬†growing ¬†population. ¬†Regal ¬†Springs ¬†shows ¬†how ¬†to ¬†scale ¬†up ¬†responsibly ¬†and ¬†sustainably ¬†to ¬†produce ¬†a ¬†healthy, ¬†high ¬†quality ¬†food.‚Ä̬†

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