Here at Harbor Fish, we carry an excellent variety of salmon products. This week we are highlighting Wester Ross Fisheries.
As we approach Easter, everyone is looking for the perfect dish that will wow their guests at the Easter party. Traditionally, ham is, and has been a very popular main dish when it comes to Easter food. This year, we say why not something a bit more unique and different?
Salmon is an overlooked dish when it comes to Easter time. It’s rich, decadent, and an eye-catching color on your dinner table; especially if you’re purchasing it from the right business. Wester Ross Fisheries is one of those “right” businesses.
Their practices are far beyond your average salmon fishery. They are meticulous when it comes down to every ounce of their operation. First and foremost, the health and welfare of their salmon is their main priority. This translates to a business that does absolutely everything by hand. There are no machines or cameras, just hard-working people who care about the salmon they produce, and the environment they are doing it in.
One of their most admirable practices is hand rearing. Hand rearing means that each and every day Wester Ross goes out on the water to feed all of their salmon by hand. This gives them a full coverage view on the attention to animal welfare. This also allows them to respond in real time to how much their fish are eating. Ultimately reducing waste, and the accumulation of feed on the sea floor.
In terms of what they feed their fish, they have one of the world’s best “feed-conversion ratios” because they use fish trimmings to create a sustainable fish food. Fish trimmings are a great fish feed when the product will eventually be used for human consumption. Furthermore, no synthetic dyes are added, and the nutritional supplements that keep their fish in tip top shape and also give them their color come from completely natural sources. In addition, Wester Ross has never had to use antibiotics on their fish ever.
One concern many people have while buying farm raised salmon is the density of stock in salmon farms. Wester Ross uses very low stock densities, translating to 99% water and 1% fish. This fact alone attributes a lot to the level of health, and happiness of their salmon, and is absolutely a reason why they have never had to use antibiotics on their salmon.
In terms of how they keep the salmons’ environment clean, their practices are completely organic. Instead of using harsh chemicals, their nets are cleaned by wind and rain, and then dried in the sun. They have also created a swim through system of nets that allow the fish to move between pens, stress free.
With all the points listed above, Wester Ross has proved to be a leader in the world of salmon, but the greatest of all is there RSPCA Assured certification. This certification has been a crucial part of their business from the very beginning. It ensures that the animals are free from thirst, hunger, and malnutrition. Free from discomfort, pain, injury, and disease. Free to express their normal behavior, as well as, free from fear and distress. Wester Ross was one of the first farms ever to pass the RSPCA certification audit.
All in all, you can see that Wester Ross has a superb product. Since 1977, they have worked extremely hard to ensure this. That is the exact reason why we are suggesting you use their product on your dinner table come Easter time. Stay tuned for a simple salmon recipe you can use, coming to our social media platforms tomorrow. One bite, and you will taste the difference!
This was a great article. We always buy the Wester Ross salmon when we purchase salmon from you. It is always fantastic and we are never disappointed with our purchase.
I have been frequently customer of Harbor since 80s especially for salmon, but had never known of Wester Ross Farm. This kind of farm I’d to see- happy salmon leads to happy meal and healthy for us all. As opposed to stressed chickens in the barn. Wester Ross Farm should be opened for public tour.