Nearly 90% of global fish stocks are either fully fished or overfishedSomething to think about and for us to obviously do something about. But if it’s true that man’s activity is the source of the problem, it is nonetheless true that it is also in people that the solution lies.
That is why the Jerónimo Martins Group decided to undertake 2 major projects in Portugal for fish production at sea: one in Sines, to produce sea bass, and another in Madeira, to produce sea bream. The Sines project is expected to yield over 500 tonnes of sea bass from 2018 onwards.
As for the Madeira project, it is being developed in 3 stages: 550 tonnes of sea bream are being harvested on the first stage, with 1,200 tonnes expected upon the second stage, moving up to 2,400 tonnes annually on the third stage.
In both locations, aquaculture is done resorting to open sea production as opposed to tanks, allowing fish to grow in their natural habitat, therefore preserving the biodiversity of the ecosystems, while handling is reduced to a minimum until they are caught, to avoid stress.
It’s a 10-year plan to raise production of this and other species favoured by our consumers in Portugal – namely at Pingo Doce stores – within adequate maritime waters that are highly efficient and sustainable, avoiding one of the major problems being faced in the world today – the depletion of natural fish stocks.