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Lamasur Trout Farm Certified Sustainable

Gemma Hyland
24 May 2012, at 1:00am

PANAMA - Tropical Aquacultures 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, Chiriqu, Panama, Lamasur is a vertically integrated company that has been exclusively producing Rainbow Trout since 1993, reports Fish Information and Services.

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.

Their husbandry practices were recognised as sustainable as the impacts of farming on the environment have been minimised 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 Volcn Bar, 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 Ro Caldera with the town of Boquete, the fire department, the National Environmental Authority and the National Chamber of Civic Protection.