Environmentally sustainable and responsible aquaculture

Aqualande, more than 30 years of expérience in aquaculture

Our History


1981 : Begin of the story

Jacques Lamothe, Jean-Claude Béziat, Michel Barrucand, Abel Caubarrus, Pomarez Francois, Michel Harispe, Christophe Lucas and Joel Tragnan create the "SCA Aquaculture Farmers in the Landes" as a cooperative. In 1981 we got our first processing unit for fresh trout in Roquefort on the site of a former factory for distillation of resin.



1986 : Creation of the first center for breeding and reproduction of trout in Pissos (Landes)

1988 : New unit for fresh fish processing built in Roquefort

1990 : Launch of the brand smoked trout Landvika at the SIAL in Paris

1991 : Creating Aqualande Ltd (AQUALANDE SA)

1992 : Aqualande diversified into marine farming with its first farm for sea bass, Extramer at Salses (Pyrenees Orientales)

1993: lauch of Trout Caviar, today worldwide recognized for its high quality

1994 : New processing unit devoted exclusively to smoked trout in Roquefort

1995 : Purchase of "Ferme Marine du Douhet", hatchery for sea bream on l'Ile d'Oleron

2003 :  Purchase of  "Poisson du Soleil", hatchery for sea bass in Sète

Launch of the range of smoked trout OVIVE, trout from the Pyrenees

2006 : Opening of a new plant of 4 300m ² dedicated exclusively to smoked trout


2007 : Launch of the first Label Rouge smoked trout

2009 : Launch of organic smoked trout BIO OVIVE

2012: Extension of the processing plant in Sarbazan

2013: purchase of 5 trout farms from Norway Seafoods

2016: Opening of fish feed factory AQUALIA

Aqualande is today the leading producer and processor of freshwater trout in Europe.


Our certifications

 Logo Afnor NF 2002 : obtaining  "NF" certification for trout
Agri Confiance 2 2004 : "Agri Confiance" certification of all our farms
Logo AFAQ ISO 2010 : "ISO 14001" certification for the site of Sarbazan (smoked trout)
Global GAP 2011 : "Global Gap Certification" of our site for selection and breeding

Logo AFAQ 26000
2011 : Evaluation "AFAQ 26000 maturity level" of our cooperative breeding
Logo Origine France 2012 : Certification of "Origine France Guarantee" for our brand OVIVE
ISO50001 ISO  50001 certification for the plants in Roquefort and Sarbazan


Our awards

Aqualande has been rewarded many times at the Salon International de l'Agriculture in Paris:

  • Trout roe Landvika (Silver and Gold)
  • Smoked Trout Landvika (Silver and Gold)
  • Smoked Trout Ovive (Silver in 2012)


Key figures Group Aqualande

Parce que parfois, les chiffres parlent plus que les mots, le Groupe Aqualande c'est :

  • Turnover: € 98,8 M
  • Staff : 650 people, including
    • 100 people on sites for selection and breeding (trout, bass, bream, corbina),
    • 120 people on farms for trout and bass,
    • 450 people on the sites of Roquefort and Sarbazan (factories and offices).
  • Two processing plants (Roquefort and Sarbazan in the Landes) ;
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 smoked trout sold in France have been processed at AQUALANDE ;
  • Two centers for genetic selection and breeding (Pissos and Casteljaloux), two more with partnerships in Spain for a total production of 450 million embryo eggs ;
  • Two marine fish hatcheries (Ile d'Oleron and Sète) for production of 68 million fry ;
  • 300 tons of sea bass in the Pyrenees Orientales on the site in Salses Extramer ;
  • 25 fish farms  :
    • Landes : 19 farms ;
    • Gironde : 3 farms ;
    • Pyrenees Atlantiques : 3 farms ;
    • Hautes Pyrenees : 2 farms ;
    • Gard : 1 farm ;
    • Charentes : 1 farm ;
    • Spain : 1 farm