2020 - TURNING A NEW LEAF IN THE COMPANY’S HISTORY.
Philosofish acquires new production units and increases its total production capacity by a factor of four from 4,000 metric tons to 16,000 metric tons, positioning itself as a leading global supplier of high-quality Mediterranean bass and bream and cementing its place at the forefront of Greek aquaculture for years to come.
2014 - INTRODUCING THE “PHILOSOFISH” BRAND AND THE COMPANY'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES.
With the arrival of Diorasis International SA, as a major shareholder, the Philosofish brand is born and a new chapter of the company’s long-standing history begins. Our motto “your wellbeing, our philosophy” reaffirms and underscores a commitment to the highest standards of quality, freshness, sustainability, and customer satisfaction.
1999 - BUILDING AN INTEGRATED SOLUTION AND A SOLID REPUTATION
In 1999, the first vertically integrated site becomes operational in the pristine waters of the North Euboean Gulf adjacent to designated natural reserves and shortly after, a hatchery and processing unit were added. Here, strong currents, warm temperatures, and large cages allow for better oxygenation and reduced levels of stress, ensuring the wellbeing of our fish and an ideal growing environment.
1986 – LEARNING THE BUSINESS FROM THE SEA FLOOR UP
Prior to forming his own company, the founder, John Bitsakos, embarks on his career in aquaculture by taking on the construction of fish farms all over Greece. He develops new technologies and methods still being used today and learns a great deal along the way from other entrepreneurs. By 1986, he fully appreciates the growth potential of the business and, in the following decade, he plays a pioneering role in establishing a fledging industry in Greece.
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.
To ensure that the environment we operate in remains unspoilt.
Aquaculture requires the right culture.
The increasing demand for fresh fish, largely 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 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 27 distinct farm parks, moored at depths of between 30 and 70 metres. Approximately 16,000 tons of sea bass and sea bream are produced per annum.
The parks are located in Central Greece (Evia Island & Fthiotida) and the Dodecanese (Rhodes Island).
The units include 4 hatcheries producing 100ml fingerlings per year, 4 processing/packaging stations and 5,000 m2 of enclosed storage facilities.
The fish-farming activities are supported by central feeding stations and silos stocked with top-quality fish feed. Twenty two 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.
The proximity of the cages to the packaging units, guarantees the freshness of our product. Transportation is handled by refrigerated trucks, trucks dedicated to fish feed and fry, as well as multi-purpose trucks.
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