Our CommitmentsEnvironmental ResponsibilitySocial ResponsibilityEconomic Responsibility
Aquaculture is becoming increasingly important on a global scale as wild fisheries are depleted and the demand for seafood product grows. Since our inception, we have been 100% committed to making Marvesta the most sustainable shrimp farm in the world. We are honored to be recognized as the leader in sustainable shrimp production and are dedicated to enhancing our vision through continued innovation.Marvesta’s sustainable shrimp systems have the ability to maintain or increase production long term without jeopardizing the environment or associated ecosystems.
Marvesta is Committed to Sustainability
Most notably, we have focused on developing technology around environmentally responsible principles. It was our goal to alleviate the environmental concerns that have hampered traditional shrimp farm globally. We have successfully reduced the geographic footprint to a fraction compared to that of outdoor pond culture. It takes the rest of the world 450 acres to achieve what we can produce on a mere 5 acres. Further, with our system there is no need to be on or near the coast. In addition to reducing the land requirement, it was our goal to limit the usage of natural resources. Our recirculating system produces no effluent and there is no discharge of water into the environment. We recycle our water, thereby limiting the use of water to the bare minimum. We function at the forefront of renewable energy use, implementing solar technologies to reduce the dependencies on electricity and fossil fuels. Given that we are located 60 miles from the coast and produce no waste or effluent, we have eliminated any degradation of coastlines and the ecosystems surrounding them. By developing a system indoors and in tanks, we have effectively replicated the natural environment and have eliminated the Wild Catch Dilemma surrounding “By-Catch” and “Over Fishing.”
From a social responsibility standpoint, we have focused our efforts to produce the healthiest shrimp available. Through operating indoors, we have removed the need to use any Hormones, Antibiotics, or Chemicals. We manage a completely biosecure facility therefore preventing any disease or virus entering our facility. This process allows for the cleanest and healthiest shrimp to be produced. Our clean and green process is complimented by a harvesting and packing process that is devoid of any additives or preservatives, unlike the majority of shrimp consumed in the United States. It is also our priority to support local produces, including farms in Maryland and Pennsylvania that produce the components of our feed. We hope through developing this replicable system, we are able to offer shrimpers and waterman alike an alternative method of production to supplement their other associated fisheries.
Often the economic aspect is absent from most definitions of sustainability. A business or process cannot be sustainable if it is not economic viable. Unlike any shrimp facility in the world, we are able to produce fresh, natural, premium shrimp 365 days a year. When utilizing our process, there is no longer seasonality associated with the harvesting of shrimp. This allows us to consistently adjust to market demands as well as economic crisis. We are also proud to help our local economies through job creation and increased commerce.
Although we are very committed to our mission and vision, Marvesta works closely with groups such as FishWise to help promote, advocate, and develop sustainable standards for shrimp production throughout the United States. FishWise is a non-profit organization designed to improve the sustainability and financial performance of seafood retailers, distributors, and producers. Uniquely positioned between the seafood industry and marine conservation organizations, FishWise offers a range of services that create trust between seafood vendors and their customers, enabling businesses to sell more sustainable seafood, more profitably. We are also working diligently to obtain a green rating for our shrimp, via the Monterey Bay and the outstanding Seafood Watch program. To learn more about sustainability and the Seafood Watch please visit these website:
Thank you for your interest and loyalty as we continue to share our passion and vision for a greener and more sustainable product. Please don’t forget that making these responsible decisions have no negative affect on shrimp taste, texture or quality. In fact, the Marvesta brand of shrimp has become synonymous with the highest quality of shrimp available in the United States. Its clean fresh taste has been endorsed by some of the most reputable chefs in America as well as national food critics. Please let us know how we can make your Marvesta experience better by emailing us at [email protected].