Loch Duart is an independent Scottish salmon producer formed in 1999 to provide salmon of exceptional quality and taste from some of Scotland’s oldest and finest sea sites.
‘Best practice’ is the principle applied to Loch Duart salmon at every stage of rearing, harvesting and supply – a sustainable and environmentally-responsible approach which includes low density stocking, longer growth periods and swim-throughs for net cleaning to avoid the use of chemical anti-foulants.
The natural diet of a salmon is fish and Loch Duart uses fish by-product from the sustainable Icelandic capelin and herring fisheries, recognising natural feed ingredients as central to sustainability and critical to producing delicious and healthy fish.
Central to Loch Duart’s methodology is the belief that welfare and taste are inextricably linked. Loch Duart was the first fish farm in the world to be accredited under the RSPCA Assurance scheme which is a UK fish welfare scheme. Loch Duart holds this alongside ISO140001, Label Rouge and the GlobalG.A.P Aquaculture Standard which sets strict criteria for food safety, animal welfare and environmental and ecological care.
Loch Duart salmon are slim and torpedo-shaped, with fully developed fins and powerful tails. They are as close in taste and texture to wild salmon as is possible by farming - salmon as salmon should be.
The unique method of production consists of letting each farming site "rest" for five months to a year, enough time for the water and loch bed to naturally regenerate and cleanse itself by tides and winds. This systematic fallowing method is carried out only by Loch Duart Ltd, and it significantly increases the health and well-being of the fish as well as minimizing the environmental impact.