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Sustainable Aquaculture Certification for Kefalonia Fisheries

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GREECE - The Greek fish farm producer Kefalonia Fisheries S.A. was audited by an independent certification body, according to Friend of the Sea requirements, and it was found compliant with all the strict Friend of the Sea criteria for sustainable aquaculture.

Kefalonia Fisheries farms sea bream (Sparus aurata), sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) and meagre (Argyrosomus regius).

Only floating cages with a semi-automatic feeding system are installed in order to reduce the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. The distance between cages and seabed allows for seabed protection. Neither Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) nor growth hormones are used.

An efficient traceability system is in place, so that fishes are fully traced from eggs, throughout their life’s history on the farms, to the product line.

The two production sites are located on the island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, between Italy and Greece.

The company produces and sells 8 million fries and over 3000 tons of fish per year. Over 80 per cent of the production is exported, mainly to France, Italy and Germany as well as the United Arab Emirates and the USA.

"At Kefalonia Fisheries we understand that we are beholden to our environment and we are responsible for its care. We work to make the gentlest impression possible and we strive every day to leave it in a better state than when we began," explained Mr Dimitris Troianos, Production Manager of Kefalonia Fisheries.

"For this reason, we are particularly fond of the Friend of the Sea certification, as it confirms our full engagement to sustainability."