In remote areas of Chilean Patagonia the sprawling mountain ranges, countryside, and bright blue water appear untouched by mankind. Verlasso Salmon strives to preserve this natural beauty and work with the community to maintain a sustainable fishery for future generations. Both Catanese Classic Seafood and Verlasso Salmon collaborate with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to innovate their practices and provide sustainable choices to consumers. In fact, Verlasso Salmon was the first ocean-raised Atlantic salmon to receive a yellow label/Good Alternative rating by Seafood Watch. Consumers seeking a quality product can trust their choice in Verlasso because they never use hormones or antibiotics to grow or raise their fish. To protect the environment, they do not use copper anti-foulants in their nets or enclosures or organophosphates on their farms. Verlasso first arrived on the scene with their ability to reduce the amount of feeder fish and water to produce a quality salmon. Today they have made sustainable innovations throughout their entire operation to ensure the preservation of the environment and culture in the region surrounding their farms.
In early November, Catanese Classic Seafood and Heinen’s Grocery Store sent representatives on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to visit the Verlasso Salmon farms in Chilean Patagonia. Verlasso Salmon, known for its innovation in sustainable farming practices, has made its home in Patagonia by adapting to and preserving the environment and traditional culture of this pristine region. Over the next week we will share this experience and provide insight into the future of farming in the salmon business. At home, consumers who desire the clean, fresh taste of Verlasso Salmon, can purchase it at any Heinen’s Grocery Store or at Catanese Classic Seafood. From the bright blue water of the Pacific Ocean to the astonishing magnitude of the Andes Mountains, this region offers countless reminders that working in harmony with the natural world is a top priority.
Day 1: The 20 hour trek spanned from Cleveland, OH –> Miami, FL –> Santiago, Chile before an afternoon landing in Puerto Mont. After meeting with the team at Verlasso, dinner was prepared by Restaurant Las Tranqueras in Puerto Varas.
Day 2: To see the true origin of the Verlasso Salmon, the group took a morning trip to the hatchery in a small town outside of Puerto Montt.
Catanese Classic Seafood supports fisheries that demonstrate responsible stewardship of their representative species. We support aquaculture suppliers and wild species fishermen that engage in environmentally sound practices regarding their farming and fishing methods.