Sustainable Fishing – feed the man for life.


I love Eco Eye a TV program on Irish TV station – RTE, it is full of very informative Eco stuff presented by Duncan Stewart.

For businesses to survive they need to be lean and to be lean they need to go Green! This was the theme of Tuesday  the 19th of February’s program.

Sustainable Fishing is such an excellent area to go green in and Wexford’s Atlantis Foods with 50 years experience in the area of fish production has done just that.

Atlantis signed up to the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme (CGPP) and the first area they tackled was the Water usage at their factory. The savings and results were amazing so they decided to take the green philosophy into the next big area of capital expenditure and that is Fuel for their company fleet. Bio fuel is an option but Excise duty is too high in Ireland at the moment said company director John Kelly.

Export into the UK market where sustainability is a major factor for the customer is something they know will become a bigger factor than it already is, so they are getting ahead of the game! Fish traceability is important area, date and time the fish was caught. Atlantis Foods only use specific fishing trailers who all have green programmes within their fleets.

One such trawler which Atlantis fish is bought directly from is The Salties trawler.

2 million euros per year is spent on fuel which is a massive amount. They are replacing engines with newer more efficient models to drastically reduce fuel costs. Propellers are replaced and lighter nets with a bigger opening to reduce drag which in turn burns up fuel.

In 2050 we will need 2 planets to sustain us which is a terrifying thought. I get so happy when I hear of good new green stories that involve so many different industries especially one very important industry is fishing.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day – teach a man to fish “sustainably’ and feed him for life!!

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