Earlier this month, The Profiles Series went to Ecuador to film an educational segment about sustainable tilapia production and we had the opportunity to showcase our Ecuadorian farms. The Profiles Series, a television production company, whose mission is to create quality programming with the goal of educating viewers both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics, sought us out as leaders in sustainable tilapia production.

The segment filmed in Ecuador focused on the sustainability of our operations. Leonardo Mariduena, Vice-Minister of Aquaculture, was interviewed and he mentioned that our practices are environmentally friendly and in accordance with the "Rights of Environment" policy that the Ecuadorian government established in 2008, a policy that Mariduena strongly supports.

"Environmental stewardship is the number one state policy at this time [and] an example of sustainability in regards to aquaculture production is what the company Tropical is carrying out at this time in this country [Ecuador]. They are developing polyculture, in this case with shrimp and tilapia, which has very significant advantages...the most important being: responsible use of water, an adequate use of space and a [more] efficient use of feed," said Mariduena. He went on to say that Ecuador is known at a worldwide level for "its leadership in aquaculture production." "This is reflected in that they are the 5th largest producer of shrimp in the world and the largest tilapia producer in the America's", he added.

The segment will not be ready for television for a couple of months but we hope to have a version of the video at our booth at the International Boston Seafood Show in March. So, make sure to visit us - try some of our tilapia and shrimp and watch our new video!

Bord Bia’s National Organic Awards were held in Dublin on Tuesday September 14th, 2010 to celebrate the organic industry’s major contributors in 2010. Now in its 4th year, The National Organic Awards are recognized as an important feature of the organic food and drink industry. Five awards in total were dished out, with “Murphy’s Irish Seafood” picking up the prestigious “Best Organic Export Product for 2010”. This award seeks to recognize the achievement of an Irish organic product on an export market whereby the product has proved its quality and taste in other Markets. The award was won for their Organic Irish Salmon which is exported throughout Europe and the U.S.A.

Murphy’s Irish Seafood, a sister company of Fastnet Mussels Ltd, was established in 2007.  The company has total control of the entire organic process from hatchery to customer, as the company comprises of its own hatchery, farm boats and production facility.  The salmon are fed only natural and organic ingredients from sustainable sources.  In an already highly competitive market, the company has established itself as a leading light in the production and promotion of top quality Irish Organic Salmon.  On receiving the award, company owner Mr. John Murphy stated “We are delighted to win the award. Back a couple of years ago we felt there was a niche market for organic Irish salmon that needed to be filled. We are avid organic supporters and are looking at developing other organic seafood products including mussels in the near future” This is an exciting time for the west cork based firm, as they will be launching their new retail brand “The Fisherman Murphy” for the Irish retail market next month along with a new company website and charity Portfolio.

“The Fisherman Murphy” brand is a new retail brand with a focus on convenient ready to eat mussels and other seafood treats and should be in store near you soon.!!!