Loch Etive is a glacially carved 145 meter deep sea loch located along the West Coast of Scotland. It’s mix of freshwater and tidal seawater, along with fast currents, bring high oxygen levels, creating the perfect conditions to grow this amazing steelhead trout from Dawnfresh. Wheeler was the first to import this lovely fish into North America. The farm was first to be awarded Code of Good Practices Scottish Finfish Aquaculture for Trout Rearing and the first to become accredited as RSPCA Freedom Foods Assured. Being open to third-party audits holds the farm to the highest standard, the only standard that Wheeler Seafood will accept.
TROUT FIT FOR ROYALTY
Loch Etive Trout: The only Freedom Foods Certified Trout Farm
Loch Etive Steelhead trout is the only trout farm in existence having been certified as RSPCA Assured, meaning that superior standards of care protect the fish from egg to harvest. Per their standards, in addition to each animal (in this case, fish) receiving a nourishing diet and a spacious environment to grow, extra measures are taken to ensure that the fish enclosures are protected with a special visible top net that will not ensnare birds. An on-site Health Manager ensures animal welfare, as well as continual training and oversight of safety and good husbandry for all the farming staff. Freedom foods assures fish are cared for humanely:
- Freedom from thirst, hunger & malnutrition
- Freedom from discomfort, pain, injury or disease
- Freedom to express normal behavior
- Freedom from fear and distress
Courtauld Commitment 2: Reducing Waste and Improving the Environment
In 2015, The farm began operating in accordance with the waste reduction program Courtauld Commitment 2, which is a voluntary agreement to move beyond uniquely weight-based waste reduction targets:
- Reducing carbon impact of grocery packaging
- Combination of modifying packaging materials and energy use reduction
- Cut the supply chain of food and drink waste
Awarded 2015 Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Award: Environment Sustainability
This commitment to community and the environment resulted in Loch Etive taking home the prized 2015 Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards for both ‘Environment Sustainability’ and ‘Investing in People’.