Working together with nature

Roem van Yerseke has been working closely with nature for several generations and knows how important it is to do business sustainably. As shellfish cultivators and processors, we take this responsibility seriously. With our eyes on the future, the environment and sustainability, shellfish are cultivated and processed using an innovative, environmentally friendly method without losing their authentic taste.

Mussel shells

We, for example, use empty mussel shells, that are a waste product from mussel processing, as collectors for oyster beds and in mussel seed incubators (Mosselzaadinvanginstallaties, MZI) to catch mussel seed in the water column. In addition, Roem van Yerseke has developed an own shellfish hatchery - a brooding area for shellfish that will be further cultivated in the nursery and on breeding plots in Oosterschelde and Grevelingen, among other places. 

Our vision

Roem van Yerseke’s vision for sustainable business goes much further than cultivating shellfish. We are convinced that a company’s role consists of balancing people, planet and profit. From this vision, the following factors play a major role in our decision-making:

  • Employee well-being
  • Safe working environment
  • Food safety
  • Reducing energy use
  • Reducing consumption costs
  • Sustainable and recyclable packaging
  • Reduced footprint (impact) on the climate

These values result in production locations equipped with materials and smart techniques that reduce both energy use and wear and tear. The insulated production halls include, among others, LED lighting with motion sensors, heat exchangers that help reuse residual energy, and the production lines are equipped with controllers and computerised switch boxes. Solar panels have been installed on the roof and our ships are equipped with modern, economical propulsion lines.

Wooden oyster baskets made of PEFC

Roem van Yerseke ensures that sustainable materials are selected when possible and responsible. Most products are placed into fully recyclable, plastic packaging. In addition, wooden oyster baskets that are PEFC certified along with 100% biodegradable jute bags are used. The paper and cardboard is FSC certified. The seafood we work with is certified with the recognised sustainability labels, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Euro-Leaf (BIO). You can find out more about these labels on the Certification page.

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