Getting to know the business from the sea floor up. (1986-1996)
The Bitsakos family was raised near the sea. Before creating Philosofish, the founder, John Bitsakos, had been involved in the aquaculture industry for decades. He started by taking on the construction of fish farms all over Greece, a task which included everything, from laying moorings to transporting materials. By 1986, he had fully appreciated the growth potential of the business and, in the following decade, became a minority shareholder in three separate aquaculture entities.
Paving the path to better fish, literally. (1996-1999)
In 1996, John Bitsakos and his two sons, George and Panos, decided it was time to strike out on their own. They knew that in order to provide their customers with fish of the highest quality, it was essential to find the right location. They already had a spot in mind; an unspoilt body of water in the bay of North Evoikos, where there is good depth all the way to the shoreline. This meant that they could locate the farms close to land for easier inspection, yet in water deep enough for ocean currents to flow through the farm uninterrupted. However, there was a catch; aside from being pristine, the location was hugely inaccessible. In what amounted to an enormous operation, they had to blast through mountain rock, build a road, extend power lines and install a fresh water supply network—even before laying a single brick for the buildings. The effort proved to be very worthwhile.
Building farm parks. Along with a solid reputation. (1999-2016)
In 1999, the first farm park became operational. In very short order, infused with innovative fish-farming technology and know-how, the company G. & P. BITSAKOS SA added a hatchery and a processing unit to the existing production units. As a result, sales in Greece and abroad increased even faster than before. In 2015, the company entered a whole new era, mainly due to the introduction of a Luxembourg-based investment entity, Diorasis International, as a substantial shareholder. Τhe new investors help to carry forward John Bitsakos’ original vision: that of a vertically integrated company with strict quality controls across all stages of production.
To establish the ocean’s nutritional wealth as a vital element of an individual’s well-being.
To place on every table across Europe the freshest fish, raised in a pristine marine environment.
And to ensure that the environment we operate in remains unspoilt.
Aquaculture requires the right culture.
The increasing demand for fresh fish—mainly due to its health benefits—have put an enormous strain on wild fish stock. As a result, numerous bodies of water around the globe have been overfished and certain fish varieties are edging towards to extinction. That’s why fish-farming is much more than breeding fish. It’s about allowing the existing population of wild fish to re-generate. In short, for every grilled fish-farmed sea bream you enjoy, a wild one gets a chance at survival.
Although not immediately obvious, fish feed may also impact wild fish stock. That’s because traditionally, in aquaculture, fish feed comprised mostly other fish. At Philosofish, our fish feed combines fresh fish with a multitude of other natural ingredients. The benefit of this practice is two-fold: first, it’s easier on the environment and, second, it allows us to customize the feed in a way that naturally increases the nutritional values of our fish.
In nature, balance is everything. That's why another practice that makes a huge difference in sustainability is the intensity of farming. At Philosofish, we keep fish volume high enough to make financial sense, yet low enough so as not to endanger the environment in which the fish live and breed.
Where man and fish peacefully coexist.
The Philosofish operation comprises 5 distinct farm parks, moored at depths of between 30 and 70 metres.
All five parks are controlled and operated from our main installation in Koronies.
The main unit includes a 2,500 sq.m. hatchery, a 900 sq.m. processing/packaging station, a 1,000-sq.m enclosed storage facility and 3,000 sq.m. of open storage space. Our administration offices occupy another 600 sq.m.
The fish-farming activities are supported by a central feeding station and 4 silos, with a total storage capacity of 75 MT of top-quality fish feed. Five barges and pontoons support daily harvesting, and are available for supplementary work within the parks, such as net removal & renewal. Several smaller vessels are used for personnel transport and auxiliary work.
Transportation is handled by a refrigerated truck, a truck dedicated to fish feed, as well as multi-purpose truck.
The demanding culture of aquaculture
Ours is an industry of very exacting standards.
Which is why we’re proud to have acquired the following:
- Certified by MICRON2 according to the BRC quality standards, obtaining the Certification BRC-3495675/24-2-2016
- Certified by TUV-AUSTRIA according to the IFS quality standards, obtaining the Certification IFS-09013079/3-3-2016 FDA Facility Registration Number for the US market