Our Fish

America’s Finest Branzino.

Prized in Italy, Spain, and Greece. Branzino now raised here in America.

Launched in the spring of 2013, Ideal Fish is a state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture systems company dedicated to bringing fresh fish to local markets. As the only commercial-scale facility of its kind in the Northeast, our responsibly and sustainably raised Branzino can go from our waters to your kitchen within 24 hours of harvest.

What is Ras?

Instead of the traditional method of growing fish outdoors in open ocean, ponds or raceways, a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) rears fish in a closed containment system with a “controlled” environment. Recirculating systems filter and clean the water for recycling back through to the fish, recovering waste products that can be used as fertilizer for vegetable production in local farms.

Advantages of RAS Farming

  • This method can achieve the optimal growing environment. This creates a stable and predictable production basis 365 days a year. Little to no outside influences or pathogens can affect the fish.
  • RAS addresses the growing demand for greener, cleaner, safer, transparent and more sustainable methods of growing fish.
  • Low water requirement as the large majority of the water is cleaned then recirculated.
  • Significant reduction in disease due to the ability of the operator to control all aspects of the fish raising.
  • The fish are free from any Hormones, Antibiotics or Chemicals.
  • High production of quality fish in a relatively small area with a limited supply of water and land.
  • The flexibility to locate production facilities near large markets including “inland” locations and “food deserts.”
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems diagram

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems versus Open Ocean farming

The Attributes of RAS

We believe there are many forms of responsible and sustainable aquaculture, including responsibly managed pond and lagoon aquaculture as well as ocean cage or net pen farming. The Aquaculture community has a large responsibility to increase its contribution to the global demand for a readily available and healthy protein. The population is growing and we must continue to find ways, as a community, to contribute to these demands. Aquaculture has come a long way over the years. Some of the main challenges still confronting other forms of Aquaculture are issues that the RAS community has already managed to address. These include some of the following:

Some of the larger Issues associated with other forms of Aquaculture RAS

Escapes

Some Aquaculture is causing an impact over the ecological impacts that escaped farmed species can have on wild fish. Escaped fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat, transmit diseases and prey on and breed with wild fish thus reducing the health of the wild stock.

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Diseases & Parasites

Intensive fish farming has been involved in the introduction and amplification of pathogens and disease in wild fish populations.

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Nutrient & Habitat Impacts

By design untreated waste from open net pen systems are released directly in the surrounding areas of the pens. Waste and uneaten food can build up directly underneath the pens on the ocean floor causing havoc on the natural ecosystem.

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Impacts on Predator Population

The presence of captive fish held in high density attracts several predator species. Techniques to keep these predators at bay can cause net entanglement and drowning.

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Drugs & Chemicals

Aquaculture relies on the use of several chemicals including antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and anti-foulants. In some cases, the use of antibiotics has resulted in bacterial resistance in the environment and also resistance in humans.

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