The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom with 17 Sustainable Development Goals and targets. WE CARE contributes to the following six goals:
GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Our Naturally Better Tilapia offers genuine healthier eating benefits. It has a high protein content but lower fat content than is typically found in red meat. Consumers can also be reassured that when they eat our Naturally Better Tilapia, it is 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. Our specialization to produce Naturally Better Tilapia comes from over thirty years’ experience. Today we are 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 where we operate and the wider aquaculture and seafood industry to improve standards and understanding of the benefits of aquaculture to society. Much of what we have achieved and continue to progress is based on learning, sharing and applying to drive improvements to community infrastructure, innovation in aquaculture and applying fish processing good manufacturing practice.
Please see our approach to WE CARE & Support Communities.
RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
Regal Springs is committed to responsible sourcing, farming and production, and maximizing resources to drive responsible consumption.
Regal Springs was the world’s first Tilapia producer to be certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council Tilapia standard and also the world’s first Tilapia producer to be certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practice standard for Tilapia.
Once we harvest our Naturally Better Tilapia—we implement a zero fish waste policy which means we do not waste the precious fish resources we work so hard to farm.
Please see our Certification Standards.
Please see our Regal Springs WE CARE to Produce Naturally Better Tilapia story
REGAL SPRINGS NATURALLY BETTER 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 a fraction of the surface area of the clean, freshwater lake locations where we fish.
There are many Tilapias farmed 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.
The Regal Springs policy of producing Naturally Better Tilapia with no antibiotics and no added chemicals, additives or preservatives is a fundamental and unique part of our responsible aquaculture approach.
Regal Springs also farms its famous Naturally Better Tilapia within a lake-only vertically integrated farming system, which means Regal Springs controls its own farming, harvesting and processing operations.
This allows Regal Springs to exercise better control over our end-to-end operations, which include: assured traceability and provenance, egg and brood stock 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 that is free from antibiotics, additives or preservatives—the basis of our Naturally Better Tilapia.
LIFE BELOW WATER
While approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, and 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 manage the lake water resources we use for our responsible fish farming.
Although we occupy on average a fraction of a percentage of the total lake water surface we farm in, lakes must still meet our strict global lake water quality assurance program standards. This is because without the optimum water quality, we cannot raise our Naturally Better Tilapia.
Similarly, although the feed used in our Naturally Better Tilapia farming is predominantly vegetable based, we require that the small percentage of fishmeal that is included in our fish feed come from responsibly managed fisheries that have full traceability.
Please see our approach to Responsible Aquaculture.
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS
Regal Springs has a long history of cooperating with all the relevant federal authorities and institutions for the nations in which we operate, 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 commitment that we will maintain in 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 showcase the positive contribution that we believe responsible aquaculture will make to drive the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Learn more about all 17 Goals on the UN Sustainable Development website.