Fresh Farm-Raised Icelandic Arctic Char
Aquanor brand arctic char are from Iceland, the global leader in char production. In their natural habitat, wild arctic char hatch in fresh water and, like salmon, head downstream to the sea. Unlike salmon, though, char do not spend most of their adult life in the open ocean, preferring instead the brackish water found at the mouth of rivers.
Aquanor fresh farm-raised char are especially environmentally sensitive, requiring specific densities and natural, unspoiled conditions that match the purity of their natural Icelandic atmosphere. Sustainably raised in land-based closed-system tanks, these char grow in a continuously sand-filtered system that blends pure Icelandic seawater, natural spring water and geothermal water to create a unique, temperature-controlled saltwater environment. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has identified farmed arctic char a “Best Choice” because they carry a low risk of pollution and habitat effects.
Farm-raised char grow slowly, feeding on natural organic ingredients to ensure a high-quality product. No antibiotics or chemicals are ever used in the hatcheries or grow-out facilities. When the char are ready for market, they weigh an average of three lbs. Immediately after harvesting, they are packed with wet ice in catch-weight 50- b. cartons and flown in fresh several times per week. With a unique, wild quality, no two char look exactly the same and the taste and firm texture are just as nature intended them to be.