The world leaders in sustainable aquaculture in the world are definitely Scandinavian countries and Japan, while 60% of the global aquaculture production is located in China. However, that does not mean that Croatia is not employing its efforts in sustainable aquaculture. On the contrary, last week we spoke to Cromaris R&D Manager Renata Barić. In the text below find out how Croatia is approaching world leaders in aquaculture.
Disclaimer: most of the data from the interview and blog stems from Cromaris Sustainability Report for 2020.
Cromaris has their own R&D department within its business. Having their own R&D allows them to optimize parts of their business, focus on sustainability, but also to open an array of new work spots for social and natural science graduates.
Having an in-house R&D brings benefits on a society, ecosystem and economy level.
Cromaris's Sustainability Report points out to several technical measures to preserve the aquatic ecosystem:
1) LEAVING OUT THE ANTI-CORROSIVE TREATMENT
Fish breeders use anti-corrosive treatments in the form of colors and paints on their nets as a protection against UV light. The treatment lasts from 9 to 12 months. The ingredients which make the anti-corrosive treatment toxic include copper oxide and zinc oxide, which stop the algal growth.
2) MINIMIZING THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Minimizing the use of antibiotics does not only lower the health risk for fish, but for humans as end users as well.
3) SUSTAINABLE RAW FISH MATERIAL
Fish food is an important aspect in quality breeding and production. ASC International poses several requirements for their quality standards, to whom Cromaris and other Croatian companies are compliant. Find the sustainable fish breederies on the following link.
Additionally, Cromaris is measuring parameters at sea 4x per year and is planning different initiatives for green gas emission monitoring.
What is a specific social benefit of Cromaris is the employment of the local community on the territory of fish cages and production capacities.
By ending this post we are showing you how Croatia is an excellent example of sustainable aquaculture and how it is boosting the growth and interconnection of the regional community and sustainable development.