"Sustainable seafood can be characterized as the harvesting of seafood from capture fisheries and aquaculture using means which meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. " - URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative
"Sustainability is a journey not a milestone."- Mike Rose, the Global Trust
"Sustainable is economic justice for future generations, that’s all! "- Mick Wormsley
"There is a relation between the hours of our life and the centuries of time…The hours should be instructed by the ages, and the ages explained by the hours. "- Emerson
Shellfish farming has been practiced for centuries around the world. At American Mussel Harvesters and Salt Water Farms we grow, harvest, clean, grade, pack and ship to our customers live shellfish following time tested procedures to assure we pass on our business and traditions to future generations.
American Mussel Harvesters' focus on live shellfish comes from a philosophical belief that the animals can be farmed and the harvests are renewable. Our shellfish are grown without the use of artificial diets, antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones or toxic pesticides. We harvest to order, taking only what we have sold and there is no by-catch.
See the shellfish farming section of this website for more information on the ecological benefits of shellfish farming
- The product line of live mussels, oysters and clams can be farmed and harvested utilizing husbandry techniques that are ecologically sensitive and improves water quality.
- Broken shellfish and other organic debris are crushed and brought to a composting facility. This practice began in 2007.
- We installed thermostat controls in 2004.
- We replaced the entire lighting system with energy efficient ballasts and bulbs with on/off sensors in 2007.
- In 2007 we completed construction of and implemented the operation of a shellfish and farm gear wash pad. Farm gear and shellfish come directly from the farm to this pad where fouling organisms and other organics are washed from the gear and contained. The wash water is re-circulated through underground holding tanks and re-used. The organics are brought to a composting facility. (See more of this operation in the shellfish farming section of this website. )
- We have reduced our freshwater consumption in the processing plant by 75% in the last three years by implementing management practices that focused on this goal.
- We collect rain water from the roof to water outside plantings.
- We installed waterless toilets.
- We participated in a research project that ultimately determined that the ecological carrying capacity for shellfish aquaculture in Narragansett Bay, RI (where Salt Water Farms is located) was 635 times higher than the farming activities being conducted in 2010.
- Continue to focus on improving farming and harvesting practices that are sustainable.
- Develop sustainable farming and harvesting practices for more species that could be brought to market.
- Continue to focus on conserving water and other natural resources.
- Convert our fleet of boats and trucks to biodiesel.
- Reduce paper usage.
- Develop recyclable packaging that is affordable.
- Continue our recycling efforts.
- Pass the torch to the next generation.