PT Aquafarm Nusantara - Tilapia farming
After carp, tilapia is the second most farmed fish in the world, with global production of around 6.5 million tonnes from over 140 countries. Much of the production is from freshwater ponds and a small quantity from tank systems. However, the largest commercial producers are using floating cages in large tropical water bodies (natural and man-made).
PT Aquafarm Nusantara (Regal Springs) was established in Indonesia in 1988 with farms in three reservoirs: Gajahmungkur Wonogiri, Wadaslintag Wonosobo and Kedung Ombo in Java. In 1998 the company expanded to Lake Toba in North Sumatra. There are now 5 main sites on Lake Toba in three districts (Simalungun Regency, Samosir Regency, and Toba Samosir Regency). Fish hatchery, processing, and feed mills are carried out in the Serdang Bedagai Regency. Overall the company has employed over 4000 people.
The five sites on Lake Toba operate with over 600 cages, with modern high density polythene (HDPE) circles gradually replacing older cages made with wood and oil drum floatation.
The company processes the fish to produce frozen fillets of which around 95% are exported, 30% to Europe, 54% to USA and the remainder to other countries in North America and Asia.
A significant part of the text and pictures of this case are by courtesy of Regal Springs. We are thankful for the support of our educational web resource AquaCase from Regal Springs.