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The site at sea consists of 21 floating cages.

Farmed Seabass and Seabream from Italian Compagnie Ittiche Riunite Awarded Friend of the Sea

  (ITALY, 4/18/2018)

Italian aquaculture company Compagnie Ittiche Riunite Società Agricola (CIR), has been found compliant with Friend of the Sea's sustainability requirements for European seabass and gilthead seabream.

CIR’s twenty-one floating cages of different size are protected by grids with suitable size and texture, which prevent birds’ entanglement and fish escapes. The farmed species cannot possibly reproduce in the wild and fish feed is certified sustainable. The company respects all social accountability requirements as requested by Friend of the Sea requirements.The cages extend 7500 square metres near Figarolo Island in Sardinia, Italy.

The main characteristics of the fish bred by CIR are: exceptional quality, safety of the supply chain and freshness.

The Island, named after the widespread presence of fig trees, has been recognised a Site of Community Importance (SCI) together with Capo Figari. It hosts the mouflon, an endangered subspecies of the wild sheep, and several bird species including Manx shearwater, buzzards and raven.

The farm is located in a public area in the bay of Golfo Aranci, near the beautiful Cala Moresca west of the enchanting island of Figarolo: an ideal environment for breeding, protected from the force of the sea but with currents that keep the water constantly clean and oxygenated.

“We initially came across Friend of the Sea through one of our client from the large-scale industry,” comments Santino Cherchi from CIR “and decided to apply for the sustainability certification whose principles and values are at the base of our work. Moreover, our farm is located in an area of environmental interest, which we consider strategic for our business. For this reason, we respect the marine environment hosting our cages and comply with sustainable practices.

The use of high quality fry, the best food and a careful company attitude to the well-being of the fish, allows to raise healthy fish.

The geographical position together with the pureness of the waters allow CIR to supply Italian large-scale retailers with fresh fish in 24 hours. Specifically, company’s seabass and seabream end on Esselunga shelves with the label “Naturama.

“Aquaculture is gaining a growing importance in the international seafood market,” says Paolo Bray, Founder and Director of Friend of the Sea “Retailers and aquaculture companies like CIR increasingly collaborate to reduce their impact on the marine environment to a sustainable level”.

The product is fished and immediately transferred into insulated containers with sea water and ice.

About Compagnie Ittiche Riunite Agricultural Company

The CIR s.a.r.l. (Compagnie Ittiche Riunite Agricultural Company with limited liability) was established in 1992. The operational activity immediately began in Golfo Aranci using a technology based on rigid floating cages.

In 1996 it underwent a radical transformation that is still considered today as the best technology suitable for fish farming in the open sea. The cages become polyethylene, are floating and are anchored with tie rods on the seabed.

The main activity of CIR consists in the breeding of valuable fish species (bream and sea bass) intended for wholesale sale. The plant is able to produce about 600 tons a year.

The location of the plant allows CIR to bring fresh fish of different sizes to the national market within twenty-four hours.

Source: Friend of the Sea

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Information of the company:
Address: Via dei Pescatori snc – Loc il Macello
City: Golfo Aranci
State/ZIP: Sardegna (07020)
Country: Italy
Phone: +39 0789 615175
Fax: +39 0789 46048
E-Mail: [email protected]
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