WHAT DO YOU FEED YOUR SALMON?
Our goal is to provide a long-term sustainable diet that meets all of the nutritional requirements of King salmon. The feed carries Certificates of Analysis from registered laboratories, is certified GMO and BSE-free, and all ingredients are fully traceable. The feed consists of fish meal (sourced from sustainable fisheries), fish oil, animal protein and oil, vegetable protein meals, wheat/starch and vitamins and minerals including the antioxidant Astaxanthin. The majority of protein sources we use in our feed are from those also used for human consumption. Our average Feed Conversion Ratio 1.78/1 [Feed/Animal Mass], outperforming land based animal farming alternatives such as beef, which is closer to 6-9/1.
DO YOU DYE YOUR SALMON?
No. Our salmon feed contains Astaxanthin which is naturally found in algae and krill and is an essential micronutrient for salmon. It is so important to the salmon that they have evolved the capacity to store it in their muscle tissue and that’s what makes salmon pink. Salmon use it to protect their precious omega 3 oils and ultimately it protects their eggs. Because it is such a powerful antioxidant, Astaxanthin is also used in other foods for human consumption, including dietary supplements.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO EAT REGAL SALMON?
You don’t need much – Regal smoked salmon is very filling and affordable. Your healthy serving of about 3 ounces will satiate you. You can also add smoked or fresh salmon to pasta and pizzas to make your meal go further.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF SALMON?
Regal King Salmon is a natural source of healthy Omega-3s, which help to main a healthy heart. Regal King Salmon is a good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent healthy meal option. Read more about the health benefits of salmon. http://regalsalmon.com/health
IS THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN?
Throughout their life, our salmon experience arguably the cleanest rearing environment found anywhere in the world. As smolt, they are nurtured in the safe sanctuaries of our pure mountain fed streams before being transferred to seafarms located in the remote, crystal clear seawaters of the Marlborough Sounds.
CAN REGAL SALMON BE SUPPLIED YEAR ROUND?
New Zealand King Salmon is one of the only producers of Salmon that can offer a consistent supply of fresh salmon all year round in variety of sizes, from 2 to 5kgs plus.
IS REGAL SALMON A NEW ZEALAND COMPANY?
Regal King Salmon is a brand of the New Zealand King Salmon Company and is unique in that we own and operate all stages of farming, production and marketing. This ensures that we have total control and traceability of our product.
HOW DO YOU DEBONE SALMON?
Before cooking a salmon fillet, it’s always a good idea to check it for pin bones. To do so, lay the fillet on a flat work surface and run your fingers down its length. If pin bones are present you should feel their tips. If you locate a bone, slide a hand under the fillet and lift the fillet slightly so it bends causing the bones to protrude. Grasp the end of the bone with fish tweezers and pull, wiggling it gently until it pulls free. Repeat until the fillet is bone-free.
The strategic philosophy of our organisation is to build the value of salmon for all participants within the industry. We intend to add value through branding, consistent supply, further processing and service and not compete solely on price.
DO YOU GIVE YOUR SALMON ANTIBIOTICS?
No. Our salmon are raised in the cool, deep, clean waters of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds. The unique characteristics of the region allow us to raise our salmon without the use of antibiotics.
HOW DOES AQUACULTURE COMPARE TO AGRICULTURE?
While all food production has an environmental impact, aquaculture has many benefits over agriculture and meat production in terms of its environmental performance, including: - Less demand on arable land - Low emissions of CO2, phosphorus, and nitrogen - One of the most efficient feed to food conversion ratios* *Why is the GSI Important? (March, 2017). Retrieved from: https://globalsalmoninitiative.org/en/why-is-the-gsi-important/
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FARMED NZ SALMON AND OTHER FARMED SALMON?
There are many different styles of farmed salmon in the US, generally farmed Atlantic, Pink or Sockeye. While we also farm salmon, we are very unique to other farmed salmon companies. Overall, New Zealand salmon farms are considered much more environmentally sound. The result is a superior product that you can feel good about eating. Our King salmon are grown and nurtured in the cool, deep waters of New Zealand’s breathtaking Marlborough Sounds. We raise our salmon in a clean environment, free of antibiotics. Our salmon have plenty of room, with 2% stocking rates to 98% water. Our salmon’s feed is GMO and BSE-free, fully traceable and contains fish oil and meal from sustainable fisheries. New Zealand marine farms have achieved the Green/Best Choice rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Regal New Zealand King Salmon has achieved three stars from the world-leading Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification from The Global Aquaculture Alliance for all of our hatcheries, farms and processing facilities. Not only are we more sustainable than other farmed salmon, King salmon is richer and superior in taste, texture and color. Highly versatile, King salmon has a higher oil content that makes it easier for home cooks to produce good results. King salmon is often referred to internationally by top chefs as offering a superior eating experience.
HOW DOES FARMED REGAL SALMON COMPARE TO WILD CATCH?
While wild catch was considered the sustainable choice of the past, is now not necessarily a safe alternative. As the world’s growing demand for protein continues to rise, salmon are becoming less prevalent in the wild due to overfishing. Eco-certified aquaculture companies, like Regal, are a sustainable solution to this growing demand, as we can reproduce what we harvest. “The global population is increasing, and in order to maintain at least the current level of per-capita consumption of aquatic foods, the world will require an additional 23 million tons thereof by 2020” FAO, 2012. By buying Regal New Zealand King Salmon you are supporting good quality, sustainable produce and responsible stewardship practices.