Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)

Sparus auratus

Method of production — Farmed
Production country — Europe
Production method — Recirculating system
Picture of Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)

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Sustainability overview

Gilthead sea bream in France can be farmed in land based tanks known as recircualting aquaculture systems (RAS). These enclosed systems have the advantage of not having any interaction with the surrounding environment and prevent escapes, pollution and disease transfer. Fish farmed in this way are a good environmental choice.

Feed Resources

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Environmental Impacts

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Fish Health and Welfare

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Production method

Recirculating system

Gilthead sea bream in France can be farmed in land based tanks known as recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS).


Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below. Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler
Bass, seabass (Farmed)
Bream, Gilthead (Farmed)
Cod, Atlantic Cod
Coley, Saithe
Hake, Cape
Hake, European
Japanese amberjack, Yellowtail or Seriola
Pollack or Lythe
Pollock, Alaska, Walleye
Pouting or Bib
Sturgeon (Farmed)


Gilthead bream can grow to a length of 70cm and live for as long as 11 years. It is a sedentary species found in depths of up to 150m. Spawning occurs between November and December.


Performance of the sea bass and sea bream sector in the Mediterranean. Minutes of a Workshop held within Aquaculture Europe 2014

FAO Aquaculture Species Factheets. Accessed 05/09/2015

FAO National Aquaculture Legislation Overview. France. Accessed 05/09/2015