HISTORY

THE FOUNDER AND HIS MOTIVATORS

Adri Bout, founder of Seafarm, comes from a real fishing family. In 1965, after the Veerse Gat Dam closed, the Bout family moved from Veere to Colijnsplaat. Just like his father and three brothers, Adri also builds his own life in sea fishing. Together with his trawler and crew, he chooses from the big sop every week and fishes mainly for flatfish and cod in the North Sea.

THE TURNAROUND

However, Adri Bout realizes that sea fishing is not infinite. Imbalances between nature and sea fishing lead to increasingly strict regulations and in 1993 Adri decided to take a totally different approach. He starts a fish farm with a few partners. In addition, Seafarm is investigating in 1996 whether profitable fishing and processing of knife shells is possible. After developing a suitable fishing method for these shellfish, Seafarm still has to develop the market. The processing of the shells also has to be put completely on its feet. In 2002 Seafarm divested sea fishing for sole, plaice, cod and shrimp. This in order to be able to concentrate more on the fishing and processing of knife shells and the cultivation of turbot.

BALANCE WITH NATURE
THE BALANCE WITH NATURE IS

crucial in the entire catch and processing process. This process already starts in the logistics chain, because fishing is only made to order. The shellfish are brought on board with an innovative catch method, after which the too small specimens are returned and nestle again in the sandy bottom. The natural stock is so large that this form of exploitation does not pose any danger to nature.

FISH FARM NOT NEW

Fish farms are not new in the Netherlands. Already in the 1980s, many farms were converted to raise catfish. The breeding of salmon has also seen an enormous advance. So much so that the salmon has changed from a luxury product into an everyday product with dramatic consequences for the price development and the survival of the salmon farms. The challenges for entrepreneurs in the fish farm lie in the responsible cultivation of new species and opening up the corresponding market.