Loch Duart Salmon Badcall Bay Scotland

Loch Duart is a very different Salmon Company.  The difference begins with our approach to rearing salmon and ends with aproduct which is consistently judged superior in taste, quality, colour and overall perception, as evidenced by the number of leading international chefs and restaurants which serve Loch Duart farmed salmon by name.

Loch Duart Salmon Leaping Fish‘Best practice’ is the principle applied to Loch Duart salmon at every stage of rearing, harvesting and supply – a sustainable and environmentally-responsible approach which defines a long term role for aquaculture as an essential and viable part of the food supply chain of the future. Stocks of wild fish are dwindling through overfishing – and the global influence of aquaculture is such that in 1999, for the first time, salmon farming produced a greater tonnage than the world’s wild Atlantic salmon catch and has done so in every subsequent year.

The Loch Duart approach includes low density stocking, longer growth periods, extended fallowing, swim-throughs for net cleaning to avoid the use of anti-foulants and natural feed from sustainable sources.  We have always recognised feed ingredients as being central to our sustainability and critical to producing delicious and healthy fish.

The natural diet of a salmon is fish and we believe that fish must be a major part of the diet. This means that we have to ensure that our sources are sustainable. The ideal fish for us, as it is high up the trophic scale (feeding on plankton and shrimps) and short-lived (2-3 years), is Icelandic capelin, from a fishery for human consumption which does not use all the fish. Thus the meal available to Loch Duart is waste from a managed roe fishery. We have arrived at the solution in partnership with, EWOS (Scotland) and Isfelag, an Icelandic fishing company based in the Westman Islands. The result is ‘Royal’ – a sustainable fishmeal produced exclusively from capelin, exclusively for Loch Duart.

Central to our methodology is the belief that welfare and taste are inextricably linked. Loch Duart was the first fish farm in the world to be accredited under the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) welfare scheme and holds this alongside ISO140001, the environmental quality standard and the Global GAP Aquaculture Standard which sets strict criteria for legal compliance, food safety, workers’ occupational health, safety and welfare, animal welfare and environmental and ecological care. The standard covers the entire production chain from feed to fork.  The GLOBAL GAP Chain of Custody Standard gives aquaculture producers a high level of transparency and integrity by identifying the status of their product throughout the entire production and supply chain.

Loch Duart produces salmon as close in taste and texture to wild salmon as is possible by farming.  The salmon are slim and torpedo-shaped, with fully developed fins and powerful tails - salmon as salmon should be.

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