Organically Grown Salmon
The Organic Salmon used by the Connemara Smokehouse is raised at Clare Island Seafarm. It is located off the West Coast of Ireland, this is where their salmon is organically grown.The location of this marine site is recognised as one of the most exposed in Western Europe.
Organic Farming demands that the methods resemble the natural habitat of the species. High tidal exchange rates and tidal movements ensure that new water is being flushed through the cages regularly. The constant water movement generates strong currents against which the fish are compelled to swim. Such strong exercise results in fish with a firm flesh and lower than average fat content. The fish are stocked in the cages at 2 fish per tonne of water, which is much less densely stocked than conventional fish farms.
Organic salmon are fed pellets made from Herring and Mackerel. Ground up Crustacean shells are added to the feed along with Phaffia Yeast, which ferments and gives the fish a distinct soft pink colour.
What does it mean to be an organic salmon?
Firstly the fish are located 6km out into the open sea. There is only 2 fish per tonne of water, which means there is a lot of space to swim freely. The fish have a similar diet as the wild salmon, which consists of herring, mackerel and plankton.
The salmon are reared according to strict organic principles. The salmon are farmed in accordance with organic farming standard established by Naturland Verband (Germany), Organic Trust, Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA) & recognised by the Soil Association in the UK & Eco Cert International (France).
Stocking densities are set at 2 fish per cubic meter of water. The fish are fed an Organic diet, which contains all organic or natural ingredients and is free from genetically modified organisms. The pigment used int he feed is a yeast based pegment caslled “Phaffia”, is a natural souce of astaxanthin. The farm and its related sites are audited on an annual basis by the organic certifiers. Wild Salmon is obviously the best available, however the organic salmon is an extremely close second best.
The Connemara Smokehouse Organic Smoked Salmon Product Range is available in 800g sliced side & 200g sliced pack. Also available in Roast Smoked Salmon, Honey Roast Smoked Salmon and Gravadlax. Check out our Online shop for more details.