Verlasso®, the world’s first provider of harmoniously raised fish, was recognized with a 2012 Innovation Award at the 10th International Seafood Summit in Hong Kong. Verlasso® received the Seaweb Innovation Award for its harmonious approach to salmon farming, which has dramatically reduced fish-in/fish-out ratios (a ratio of the pounds of feeder fish used to produce an equivalent amount of salmon) and pen densities with a focus on animal welfare.
“As aquaculture grows, there is an urgent need to implement aquaculture practices now that will allow us to continue farming in the future,” said Scott Nichols, director for Verlasso. “At Verlasso, we have discovered and implemented revolutionary practices today to preserve healthy oceans for tomorrow. We are thrilled to have our work recognized by SeaWeb with the SeaWeb Innovation Award.”
“The SeaWeb Innovation Awards go to those who acted before they had to; who chose a different way before they lost the luxury of choice; who did the right—and not always the most profitable—thing,” said Dawn M. Martin, president of SeaWeb.
SeaWeb established the Innovation Award to mark the 10th anniversary of its International Seafood Summit and to pay tribute to those leaders in the community who have navigated new terrain in the sustainable seafood movement. The award is intended to draw attention to the work of true innovators in hopes of stimulating dramatic change across the seafood supply chain by inspiring others to shift their thinking, along with their business practices, to ensure more responsible interactions with the sea.
Verlasso® is a partnership between AquaChile and DuPont. The partnership was formed to capture the collective innovation and aquaculture expertise of the two companies, with the goal of finding the best way to bring sustainably farmed salmon to market.
Verlasso® salmon is available at retailers and restaurants through multiple regional distributors and direct-to-retail partnerships across the United States, including Feby’s Fishery Restaurant and Seafood Market in Wilmington, Del.