Swiss Lachs, a pioneer company in sustainable aquaculture has announced that have received the approval of the Civic Community of Lostallo, as it did almost 10 years ago, for using of a part of the industrial building land for the development of sustainable fish farming. With the approval of the community, Swiss Lachs an lay the next foundation stone to meet the steadily growing demand for salmon with a sustainable and regionally farmed salmon.
“We are incredibly pleased to have received the approval from the Lostallo Civic Community last night and will now move forward with discussions with the authorities and stakeholders to consolidate the needs of all stakeholders in the final project. The expansion is necessary to meet the ever-growing demand for our sustainably and regionally farmed salmon,” said Ronald Herculeijns, Chairman of the executive board and co-founder of Swiss Alpine Fish.
“This development will allow us to make a positive contribution to the environment by increasing the proportion of sustainably produced salmon. In addition, we will create about 20 new jobs in aquaculture, fish processing & refinement, and sales in the next few years,” the Chairman added.
With a strong commitment to the conservation of natural resources and fish welfare, Swiss Lachs aims to develop its production capacity in the most environmentally friendly way possible, they assure. This will enable it to meet the growing demand for high-quality, locally produced and eco-friendly salmon.
Innovative farming techniques
Swiss Lachs has enjoyed remarkable success since 2013, offering customers and end consumers a diverse range of high-quality salmon delicacies that are farmed and processed in a particularly sustainable way that is environmentally friendly. Using state-of-the-art recirculating technology and innovative farming techniques, the company consistently delivers outstanding products, while its environmental footprint is many times smaller than any imported salmon product thanks to local production.
Swiss Lachs attaches great importance to the welfare of the fish. The salmon are kept in spacious tanks where they have plenty of room to swim. The different life phases of salmon in nature are recreated as closely as possible in the fish tanks. In Lostallo there are freshwater, brackish water and saltwater pools. Huge propellers provide the necessary current in the large saltwater basin.
The fish food is produced by Biomar and is made up of the following ingredients: Fish meal, wheat gluten, maize gluten, soya meal (non GMO), faba beans, wheat, starch, fish oil and rapeseed oil. The fishmeal comes from slaughterhouse waste from fish processing plants. The proportion of fishmeal in fish feed has been continuously reduced over the last 10 years and still amounts to 20%. The proportion of fish oil in fish feed is 15%.
One of the cleanest and most sustainable fish farms in the world
The Swiss company specializes in the production of high-quality fish, using innovative farming techniques to ensure both fish welfare and minimal environmental impact. Atlantic salmon are bred in the indoor facility in Lostallo, Grisons. The facility uses the latest technology. This makes it one of the cleanest and most sustainable fish farms in the world.
Swiss Alpine Fish raises the salmon according to the highest quality standards and focuses consistently on sustainability at all levels. The salmon are free of hormones, antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals. The result is fresh, healthy salmon that does not pollute the environment or ecosystems. The closed-loop technology is particularly resource-efficient; it reduces the need for fresh water to 2-5%.
In 2022 a total of around 95,000 fish were harvested and processed into the finest salmon delicacies, the company reported.
Lostallo is a Swiss commune in the canton of Graubünden, located in the district of Moesa, Mesocco circle. It is bordered on the north by the commune of Soazza, on the east by Menarola and Gordona, on the south by Verdabbio and Cama, and on the west by Cauco.
Swiss Lachs is committed to transparency and enables consumers to trace the origin of salmon eggs through salmon rearing to salmon processing. Consumers can rest assured that the Swiss Lachs they buy has been produced in a sustainable, regional and environmentally friendly manner.
Swiss Lachs not only creates jobs in the Lostallo region, but also promotes awareness of the region through its choice of location. The operation of a sustainable aquaculture facility creates long-term prospects for economic development and reduces dependence on imported fish.
With its holistic approach, Swiss Lachs helps to meet the growing demand for fish products without overburdening natural resources.