Taiwan Tilapia –the Power of Taiwan Aquaculture／台灣鯛 展現台灣養殖實力
Taiwan Tilapia –the Power of Taiwan Aquaculture
◎English translation: Tan Shu-chun
Taiwan Tilapia is one of the most popular white-fleshed types of fish in the developed world. Taiwan plays a leading role in the global white-fleshed fish-farming industry, exporting frozen tilapia and tilapia fillets to the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and other places. At a time when proper allocation of ocean fishery resources and sustainable development are hot issues, the breeding and export of Taiwan Tilapia is likely to remain a lucrative business.
Introduced to Taiwan back in 1946, tilapia quickly became an everyday cuisine in local households. Being small and dark, tilapia were mostly raised in ponds or ditches before the practice was transformed by professional aquaculture. Tilapia were then transformed into a larger species with more delicate meat, and therefore given a new name, "Taiwan Tilapia." Since then, tilapia fisheries have made great progress. New types of fingerlings are cultivated to meet the demands of large-scale commercial breeding. Taiwan Tilapia can grow to a size of 1.2 kg. Both domestic and export sales have grown since 1990.
Taiwan Tilapia is mostly bred south of Chiayi. Kaohsiung's coast is famous for its booming and advanced aquaculture industry, with the Hunei District having the city's biggest output of Taiwan Tilapia. Fortune Life is a leading name among companies engaged in exporting Taiwan Tilapia. By leveraging world-class processing technology and equipment, Fortune Life has had numerous successes selling high-quality Taiwan Tilapia overseas.
Taiwan Tilapia farmer Mr. Jhuang Yu-ci has a 1.94-hectare fish farm in Hunei District. He says the family-run business goes back to his grandparents' era. The ideal temperature for tilapia farming is 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), as tilapia lose their appetites when it is too cold, he says.
Water quality is key, so Mr. Jhuang pays special attention to the color and bubbles of the pond water. He also observes the vitality of the fish. When the weather changes, he checks water quality more often, and carefully observes any improvement or deterioration. His farm produces high-quality Taiwan Tilapia which are highly regarded by domestic consumers.
Fortune Life has been an industry leader in frozen aquatic products for nearly a half century. As an EU-accredited aquatic-products processing company, Fortune Life is able to export premium-quality Taiwan Tilapia fish fillets to overseas markets with the help of advanced technology and equipment. Taiwan Tilapia fish weighing up to 1.2kg are first processed and then stored in an ultra-cold freezer to retain the delicate taste and freshness. From harvesting contract fish to purchasing, sampling, inspecting and filleting, the entire supply chain adheres to the strictest industry standards. Quality controllers carefully ensure there is no muddy taste by steaming fish jaws, inspecting their smell and tasting the meat. Only Taiwan Tilapia fillet products which pass these inspections can be exported.
It is worth noting that Fortune Life starts the QC process with its suppliers, all of which are required to have ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) certificates. Taiwan Tilapia farmers have to meet multiple standards relating to feed, water quality, farm-water emissions, farming density, animal welfare and other elements before receiving certification. ASC certification ensures the quality of Taiwan's aquatic export to the EU.
Mr. Tsai Jyun-syong, chairman of Fortune Life Company, emphasizes that the key to ensuring a steady supply of high-quality frozen aquatic products is to strictly follow and never compromise on operational details. Thanks to its dedication to detail, Fortune Life is able to export fresh and delicious Taiwan Tilapia to several overseas markets.
耕耘冷凍水產近半世紀的允偉興業公司，取得輸出歐盟資格加工廠認證，以先進的技術和設備，將一尾尾重達1200 克的台灣鯛製成生魚片級魚片行銷海外，利用超低溫冷凍，保有其口感和肉質。為保障出品的水產品，從契作漁獲、收購、取樣檢查到製成生魚片的每個步驟，皆以最高標準產製，製成的魚片必須由品檢師以清蒸魚下巴，仔細嗅味道、再品嚐等方式把關，確保製成的台灣鯛沒有土味，才可出品。難能可貴的是允偉興業公司從養殖戶端經多重把關，取得養殖管理委員會安全組織ASC( Aquaculture Stewardship Council) 認證，得符合養殖飼料、水質、養殖用水的排放、養殖密度、養殖動物福利等多重檢測，方能取得認證，以利水產品輸出歐盟國，讓消費者食得安心。