FARMING AND HARVESTING
Recognising and identifying successful farming and harvesting methodologies and systems implemented worldwide, we opted for the longline farming system.
Our cost-effective farming and harvesting methods contribute to our carbon footprint reduction strategy, and provides a grit and sand-free mussel. Because the lines are suspended from the surface of the ocean, it enhances water circulation to promote feeding and increases natural settlement in deep waters with good water flow/circulation and is exposed to the open ocean and rich Benguela eco-system of South Africa’s West Coast.
The mussels take about 12 to 14 months to reach a harvestable size.
With our sophisticated forecasting methodology and rotation system, there’s an ongoing rotation amongst the lines between juvenile mussels and those ready to harvest, enabling year-round supply of optimum quality mussels to our customers.
WE OFFER YEAR ROUND MUSSEL SUPPLY
Mussel aquaculture has an extremely low carbon footprint and can be promoted as such to improve our customers’ sustainability profiles. Mussel production is environmentally benign. The filter-feeding mechanism of mussels extract high nutrient levels from overloaded coastal waters, improves oxygen availability for other species and helps recycle lost nutrients back into useful products, rebuilding ecologically-important shellfish habitats.
A cradle-to-gate carbon footprint study found rope-grown mussels have a carbon footprint of just 0.25kg carbon dioxide equivalents per kg mussels harvested compared to other proteins.
Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we believe that it’s our responsibility to build on a solid foundation of sustainability.
This places significant focus on environmental protection and that all our interactions with the environment are only sustainable if they don’t negatively affect the earth and its resources. We continuously examine our interactions to ensure that negative effects are minimised.
As part of our foundation, the focus on social and economic development is equally important. We believe that sustainability without social and economic development simply cannot succeed, as the well-being and buy-in of society is part and parcel of what sustainability stands for.
With the implementation of socially responsible practices, job creation and ecologically sustainable management practices, Atlantic Royal’s lean and efficient culture equates to a lower carbon footprint. We also self-regulate by formulating “green” policies in our office.
Our procurement process supports suppliers by putting a definite eco policy in place.
We subscribe fully to the regulations of Marine and Coastal management/Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing/Department of Environmental Affairs in promoting responsible and sustainable farming practices.
We are strictly policed by several environmental agencies and adhere to environmental standards under several different programmes such as Marine and Coastal Management/Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing/Department of Environmental Affairs and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications to ensure our processes meet good environmental practice and standards.
Mussel farming area of 40 X 40 ft. can filter approximately five million litres of water per hour and provide habitat to as many as 37 different species of invertebrates which live among the mussels on the culture ropes.