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Clare Island Organic Salmon from Ireland at Boston Seafood Show

Clare Island Organic Salmon from Ireland at Boston Seafood Show Marine Harvest farms Irish organic salmon in the lee of Clare Island, which is four miles off the coast of County Mayo in the west of Ireland.

These excellent organic fish are featured for the first time by Marine Harvest at the International Boston Seafood Show, in continued co-operation with ISPG and BIM.

Raised on Clare Island Sea Farm, one of the world’s most exposed salmon farms, Clare Island Organic Salmon are nourished with a balanced diet containing only organic and natural ingredients from sustainable sources, free from genetically modified organisms. The pink color of salmon is acquired naturally in the wild from the crustaceans they eat. This is replicated by the presence of Phaffia, a natural yeast, in the organic feed.

The Clare Island Sea Farm uses low population densities, in line with organic welfare concepts. This calculates out at just 0.5% to 1% of fish by volume in the water, less than half that of conventional farms. A constant 2-knot flow and high tidal exchange rates continuously flush the pens with oceanic water, avoiding any build up of parasites or pollutants. The Irish Atlantic waters the salmon live in are classed as 1A in quality — the best there is. This natural, healthy environment and low population density allows the fish to develop firm muscle texture and good body shape.

Underlining their outstanding merit, the Clare Island salmon are certified by the organic authorities of no fewer than four European countries — France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland. Each authority conducts an annual audit to ensure the highest organic standards are maintained.

Answering consumer demands
Consumption of organic food is growing in Europe and the USA. Across Europe the growth rate is 25%, with Germany leading the way. Naturland Verband is the German organic certification body that ensures Clare Island Organic Salmon from Ireland meet their demanding organic specifications. Growth of organic consumption in the United States is currently running at 20% per annum — the US is the world’s second largest organic market place after Europe.
Clare Island Organic Salmon help meet the requirements of a discerning consumer segment, actively looking for organic food because of health, food safety and ethical concerns. These certified Irish organic salmon are raised to the highest standards and offer the best in eating quality with all the excellent health-giving features associated with Atlantic salmon and their high omega-3 fatty acid content.

Four organic certification bodies
The four organic certification bodies that certify Clare Island Organic Salmon in Ireland are Naturland Verband (Germany), Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), Bio Suisse (Switzerland) and Qualité France.

Naturland are accredited by the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA)/National Organic Programme (NOP).