OUR PREMIUM TILAPIA & SUSTAINABILITY
Regal Springs started to pioneer responsible Tilapia aquaculture production thirty years ago when the original founder of the business, Rudolf Lamprecht, was a UN aid worker.
He had a vision of developing responsible fish farming operations that would benefit local impoverished communities through better jobs and living standards and by improving awareness of the importance of environmental management by helping improve the local infrastructure to serve the communities and to help protect lakes against damage from deforestation.
Respecting the environment has thus always been at the forefront of the operating mindset within Regal Springs.
We know that high-quality fish comes from high-quality water and that working in parallel to minimize any impacts on the environment is a key factor in meeting this need. Regal Springs responsibly farms Tilapia using floating cages and in lakes that are not just supported by our own water quality assurance programs but also overseen by regulatory authorities. This way we know that other lake users must also meet minimum water-quality requirements.
Our Regal Springs WE CARE Integrated Sustainability Program is the world’s first totally integrated sustainability program for a vertically integrated white fish and Tilapia farming business. Regal Springs WE CARE has been set for a five-year period through 2023, and acts as a unifying force across the business to drive continuous progress across our operations.
WE CARE is aligned to the
and will contribute to at least six of the UN Sustainability Goals.
Good Health and Well-Being
Our Premium Tilapia offers genuine health benefits through its high protein and low fat content, and the way we produce our Premium Tilapia: free from antibiotics, additives and preservatives.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Regal Springs plays an important socioeconomic leadership role within the local communities where we operate. The specialization in Premium Tilapia aquaculture that we have developed over thirty years means we are now the leading food producer and the largest employer in all our lake farming locations and fish-processing sites.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
A key feature of our sustainability approach is to work collaboratively within the countries we operate and the wider aquaculture and seafood industry to improve performance and understanding. Much of what we have achieved and continue to achieve is based on learning, sharing and applying to drive responsible innovation.
Please see our approach to We CARE & Support Communities.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Regal Springs is committed to responsible sourcing, production and product integrity.
Regal Springs was the world’s first Tilapia producer to be certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Tilapia standard and also the world’s first Tilapia producer to be certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices standard for Tilapia.
Please see our Certification Standards.
Life Below Water
While approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, much of this is salt water. We recognize that as a leading responsible aquaculture producer, Regal Springs must place a fundamental importance in taking care to responsibly manage the lake water resources we use for fish farming.
Although we occupy on average less than 0.0000XX% of the lake water surface we farm in, lakes must still meet our strict lake water usage criteria and be part of our global water quality assurance program.
Similarly, although the feed used in our Premium Tilapia farming is predominantly vegetable based, we require that any fishmeal sources included in the feed meet specific responsible sourcing criteria that we have set out in our We CARE Plan. These cover sourcing from responsibly managed fisheries and having full traceability.
Partnership for the Goals
Regal Springs has a long history of cooperating with all the relevant national authorities and institutions that we operate in to share and improve aquaculture and food production best practices. Our positive impact over the last thirty years to help develop communities and farm fish responsibly is a key feature that we will continue with for our WE CARE 2023 Plan.
This will allow Regal Springs to be well positioned to contribute to a greater awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the countries we operate in and support the positive contribution that we believe responsible aquaculture will make to drive the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
SUSTAINABLE PREMIUM TILAPIA AND FOOD SECURITY
The world population is growing and so is its demand for protein sources. Aquaculture, or fish farming, is an important part of meeting that need while respecting our natural environment.
At a time when more land is being consumed for agriculture and development, we operate our farming operations utilizing less than 0.5% of the total surface area of the clean, freshwater lake locations where we fish.
There are many Tilapia farms worldwide, which collectively are recognized by the UN’s Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their importance to food security. They are a key source of food protein and provide income to fish farmers through domestic and export earnings.
Although Regal Springs farms Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), one of the most important of the farmed finfish, the similarity with other Tilapia farming ends there.
Regal Springs’ policy of producing Premium Tilapia with no antibiotics, no added chemicals, additives or preservatives is a fundamental part of our responsible aquaculture approach.
Regal Springs also farms its famous Premium Tilapia within a lake-only vertically integrated farming system which is integrated to Regal Springs’ own harvesting and processing operations.
This allows Regal Springs to exercise better control over our responsible aquaculture end-to-end operations, which include: assured traceability and provenance, egg and broodstock production, raising of the fish, growing out the fish, harvesting control and consistent quality of the processed fish.
We will continue to progress our innovation in responsible aquaculture and firmly believe that food security should go hand-in-hand with producing wholesome high-quality food protein free from antibiotics, additives or preservatives.