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Greek aquaculture company, Philosofish, leads the way in fish welfare with installation of Ace Aquatec humane stunners

09 August 2023

Greek aquaculture company, Philosofish, leads the way in fish welfare with installation of Ace Aquatec humane stunners

Ace Aquatec, the award-winning aquaculture technology company which specialises in welfare-first outcomes, has successfully installed two new humane stunners for sea bass, sea bream and pagrus with one of the Mediterranean's most forward-thinking fish farming companies, Philosofish

Philosofish is one of a handful of Greek fish farming companies to adopt this cutting-edge method of humane harvesting across the Mediterranean region and has committed to installing the high welfare technology across all new boats going forward, firmly embedding fish welfare at the heart of their operations. The installation of the humane stunners in April 2023 has been transformative for the company’s production and efficiency. Beyond providing a more ethical, stress-free harvesting experience for the fish, the installation has greatly improved the quality of the final product. The company’s dedication to sustainable practices has resulted in fish that are carefully harvested, leading to enhanced meat texture and appearance that customers who value both ethics and quality appreciate. 

With greater market demand for higher-welfare fish, driven in part by more welfare conscious consumers, the stunners will allow Philosofish to uphold the highest fish welfare and quality standards, to meet the demands of a changing industry and lead the way for other farmers in the region.

Nikos Liberis, Philosofish CEO, said: “We opted for Ace Aquatec’s humane stunning technology as it aligns with our inherent responsibility towards our fish and our commitment to setting industry benchmarks for animal welfare. Making this investment underlines our vision to inspire change and push the boundaries in the Greek aquaculture industry.

“We consider Philosofish to be a pioneer within the sector. That’s why we've adopted in-water stunning, because we believe that it's the right, humane thing to do. As a leader in sustainable fish farming, our goal is to not only embrace progressive practices but to inspire others within the industry to follow suit. We're committed to our pursuit of delivering the highest quality seafood while leading the way in advocating for animal and employee welfare.”

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, CSMO of Ace Aquatec, said: “Philosofish is an innovative and genuinely caring company with strong expertise in the aquaculture industry. They are leading the charge when it comes to fish welfare. It’s been inspiring working with Philosofish as they install our humane stunners on their harvesting vessels. They are already seeing operational efficiencies and quality improvements as they embrace their role as leaders in humane aquaculture practices in Greece and the wider Mediterranean area.

Costa Skotidas, EMEA Sales & Partnership Manager at Ace Aquatec, said: “Philosofish’s latest vessel, designed by our partners Stamatiou Aquaculture, shows what can be achieved when welfare and sustainability are high ranking strategic priorities. This collaboration signals an important advancement for harvesting standards in the region and will help Philosofish to blaze the trail for improving animal welfare while continuing to deliver high-quality products.”