Ideal Fish: delivering sustainably raised fish through unique recirculating aquaculture

Launched in the spring of 2013, Ideal Fish, located in Waterbury CT, 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, their responsibly and sustainably raised fish gets from their waters to your kitchen within 24 hours of harvest.

While Ideal Fish has been raising branzino in its sustainable CT facility, and serving the area’s finest restaurants and grocers for several years. Now, for the first time, the company is adding salmon to its offering and providing a direct-to-consumer option for home cooks across the Northeast through www.idealfish.com. Both salmon and branzino are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other important nutrients.

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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.

Why is this exciting news? Salmon farming, and properly executed farming through their unique aquaculture system can help take fishing pressure off the wild salmon stocks by providing a year-round supply of fresh fish to the market. This can make it easier for communities to reduce fishing efforts while consumers continue to enjoy fresh salmon.

The recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), provides preferable conditions for the fish to thrive with minimal impact on the environment. This type of aquaculture mimics the best parts of a fish’s natural environment without some of the drawbacks associated with wild-caught or even farm-raised seafood.

“Our fish are raised without hormones and antibiotics, and they aren’t exposed to microplastics and other pathogens or pollutants that may impact wild-caught fish,” explained Pederson.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing consumers make food purchasing decisions based on health, convenience and sustainability, and this trio of factors is at the sweet spot of our new home delivery offering,” said Eric Pedersen, Ideal Fish CEO and President. “Salmon is one of the most popular fish in the United States, and we’re bringing this delicious, healthy fish right to your kitchen. It also happens to be raised in a completely sustainable way.”

While fish and seafood consumption in the United States has been increasing in recent years, in part because of its health benefits, most Americans still fall well short of the two servings per week recommended by the USDA. Ideal Fish is hoping to change that by offering a convenient, extremely healthy and delicious option that home cooks can feel good about serving their

Check them out. We ordered and enjoyed the Branzino a few months back, and found it to be outstanding both in freshness and taste.

Tasty fish makes for a great holiday gift.

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Stephanie Webster  | 

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