The Regal Springs Story: The People Behind the Fish

The Regal Springs Story: The People Behind the Fish

Regal Springs is the world’s largest vertically integrated aquaculture company, employing over 8,500 people worldwide. We are proud to have led the way in sustainable aquaculture and the innovative fish farming techniques we have pioneered.  Since our inception nearly 30 years ago, our company has had a strong social investment focus and are dedicated to improving the communities and the environment everywhere we operate.

How Did It All Start?

A natural explorer and former United Nations aid worker, Rudi Lamprecht was looking for a protein to help feed the impoverished
residents of Java while creating a business that could employ members of the local community and ensure decent incomes. Confident that fish farming had the potential to achieve these goals, he began experimenting with species—starting with catfish.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

After two years of disappointment and determining that catfish did not thrive in the clean, cool Javanese spring waters, Lamprecht tried tilapia. Tilapia had become endemic throughout the tropical world as a food staple but was still largely unknown as a commercial fish.  Rudi found that tilapia thrived in the clean waters and began developing floating nets to raise them in the pristine lakes of Java.

The Perfect Strategy

While finding a natural fit in terms of fish and the environment, Rudi came to the realization that in order to truly succeed, he needed to partner with the local communities in a positive way—one that would directly benefit the communities where the farming was taking place. Through this process, the Regal Springs mission became clear: “To produce premium Tilapia while building communities.” This philosophy has remained true over the years as the company continues to empower fish-farming communities through economic and social development.

A New Healthy Fish Comes To The USA

With communities and healthy fish in mind, Rudi’s strategy worked. Soon production outpaced sales, prompting Regal
Springs to bring Tilapia to new markets, including the United States. In 1994, he secured Regal Springs’ first large food service contract in the US and proceeded to take Tilapia from being a virtually unknown fish in the country to becoming the fourth-most-consumed seafood item in the U.S. after shrimp, salmon and tuna. All Regal Springs fish are raised in large floating nets in pristine deep-water lakes, resulting in the finest all-natural tilapia on the market. Regal Springs’ tilapia are fed a high-quality vegetable-based diet and swim against lake currents to produce firm, clean-tasting fillets, free from chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics and carbon monoxide (a common preservative used in seafood). The floating nets also prevent Regal Springs’ fish from eating algae, mud or waste. The clean water and controlled diet prevents the tilapia from accumulating contaminants such as mercury like some wild fish species.

Regal Springs Today

Rudi Lamprecht leads Regal Springs with his daughter Magdalena. With US offices in Florida and Seattle, Regal Springs operates All-Natural Tilapia farms in Honduras, Mexico and Indonesia and continues to elevate aquaculture standards.  The company focuses on producing an excellent product and emphasizes it’s strong core values that center around both employees and
the environment.   Regal Springs invests more than $2 million dollars back into its communities each year and has built or funded medical clinics, schools, housing and roads in each of the countries where it farms. Regal Springs provides strong wages, healthcare, life insurance and free childhood and adult education for its employees and their families in countries where such basic needs often go unmet.  Today, after over 25 years of success, Rudi and his daughter Magdalena continue their mission to produce the world’s finest Tilapia while empowering and supporting farming communities.