The most effective and humane way to stun fish and crustaceans. Optimar takes the lead with our electric stunner.
All animals killed for food should be slaughtered humanely. This means that they must be effectively stunned, rendered instantaneously insensible, and remain unconsciousness until death supervenes.
When moving an industry forward, large companies must take a stand. Optimar is proud to be the selected partner of Tesco when they focus on animal welfare in fish and crustaceans production among their suppliers.
During the last years Tesco and Hilton / Amanda Seafood have collaborated with farmers in Turkey and Vietnam on a few studies. These studies: “Electric stunning trials in commercial setting” were performed with our well-known Optimar Electrical Stunner.
See video from the trials
Key benefits of electrical stunning system compared to immersion in ice slurry, by Tesco:
Less handling of animals
Reduction in crowding times (in ponds)
Easier access to measure effectiveness
Consistency on stun delivery
Faster method to render animals unconscious and insensible to pain
Greater efficiency and reduction in labour in harvest process, although initial investments required to implement the technology are high.
- Ben Weis, Head of Aquaculture Tesco
Electrical stunning instead of ice stunning
European sea bass, gilthead sea bream together with rainbow trout are becoming increasingly popular choices in European markets, and they want high quality seafood products. Nevertheless, today only 20% of the Turkish industry is using electric stunning! 70% is using ice stunning (thermal shock) remaining 10% is sold as live fish.
Ice Stunning which 70% of the Turkish industry still does is unacceptable, as the fish are left in ice slurry until they die through lack of oxygen. In some cases, loss of consciousness can take over nine minutes.
GLOBALG.A.P. states that “stunning prior to killing is mandatory”, and in the EU markets there is a clear trend towards a 100% stunning preference.
The report concerning shrimps was summarized in a presentation by Ben Weis, Aquaculture Manager at Tesco, and the results are obvious:
Complete report can be read below the presentation.
Optimar Electric Stunner. A well-known and established product.
Since 2009 we have sold more than 600 stunners to fish farming, shore factories and onboard vessels / wild fish catching. The Optimar stunners are well known and tested approved for different fish species and crustaceous (wildcath and farmed), such as:
Cod, Haddock, Saithe, Whiting, Catfish, Halibut and Mackerel
Different Crabs, Lobster, Shrimps etc, and our latest development for Nephrops.
Advantages with using the Optimar El-Stunner
Well tested over 13 years and recommended by Norwegian authorities
Consuming very little electric power (3kW), tested with EEG on several species.
Software adjustable for different current dependent on specie
Flexible Capacity (from several 100 tons/day to laboratory tests)
Optimar Stun and Bleed Solution
Our stunner can be used as a single unit or in a factory line such as our stun and bleed solution. The animation under shows how the fish moves through water until it reaches the stunner and are sedated before gutted. With high focus on minimizing the number of times the animal is handled, we are able to maintain animal welfare through the whole process until slaughtering.
Are you interested in knowing more about all the benefits of electric stunning? Or how to stun in the most effective and humane way?
Sales Managers Mårten Jørgensen and Håvard Worren are ready to help you and answer all your questions!
They will be present at stand D6 Future Fish Eurasia Fair in Izmir, Turkey the 3-5 November. Whether you meet them there at stand D6, or where it suits you best around the world, it is in their biggest interest to help you with the information you need.