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A few months after introducing our fresh Icelandic cod program we are having great beginning success.

In order to bring you some of the freshest Icelandic cod in the U.S. market, an expert team of Captains and fishermen are constantly out at sea in the cold, fast moving waters of the North Atlantic to catch Icelandic cod, which is recognized for its beautiful color and superior quality.

Captain Sverrir Gunnalaugsson on board the GULLBERG has had a successful career working as a fisherman since the 60's and as a Captain for the last 4 decades. Today, he is still going strong, leading his crew out to sea to catch delicious Icelandic cod.

Captain Magnus Rikardsson on board the DRANGAVIK is "just" in his fifties and is recognized for his 30 years experience as Captain and for his good success leading crews, like the VSV crew, out to sea for some fresh catch!

VSV's fishing vessels operate with Iceland's fisheries jurisdiction off the Southern Coast of Iceland. These hard working Captains and their fishing crews fish for Atlantic cod in a responsible manner by using trawlers that operate according to international standards for sustainability such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and MSC Chain of Custody, which are certified by Global Trust, Ltd.

Icelandic fishing grounds have seasonal openings and closures to maintain a healthy fishery. Icelandic cod grows in areas fully exposed to the strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean, giving the fish a clean, mild flavor and firm texture derived from the fast moving waters off the Icelandic coast.

Along with beautiful color and excellent quality, VSV's fresh catch is received at JFK and BOS for distribution to the North American market.

As with the rest of our products, VSV fresh Icelandic cod is traceable all the way back to its origin (or fishing ground!). Click here for product details.

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At Tropical, we work with premium certified Organic* Salmon farms located in Ireland and Norway. In doing so, we are able to ensure product availability 52 weeks a year.

This week, we will begin offering fresh Irish Organic* Salmon from Gallagher's Ocean Farm Ltd., a branch of Gallagher Bros. Fish Merchants Ltd.; which is a family owned business founded in 1919 by two brothers, Jack and Phil Gallagher.

Since 1985 Gallagher's Ocean Farm Ltd., has been responsibly producing salmon on the West Coast of Ireland. Gallagher's organic* salmon production takes place off the Donegal Atlantic Coast. The salmon is farmed according to the EU Organic standard and certified by Global Trust. After several years of expansion Gallagher's Ocean Farm is anticipating the ability of harvesting year-round.

When cultivating Organic* Salmon, Gallagher's Ocean Farm gives priority to the health and wellbeing of each fish and to the farm's surrounding environment:
  • One of the most differentiating criteria in Organic* fish farming is that the fish are fed a diet that is completely GMO Free. The feed is made of Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) components such as,¬†natural pigments (phaffia) and high marine content from sustainable fisheries. This results in a salmon with vibrant pink flesh color and rich in Omega-3.
  • The salmon are raised in a low-density environment (10 kg fish per m3), fully exposed to the strong, clean currents of the Atlantic Ocean - this ensures vigorous exercise, firm muscle formation and low fat content.
  • The fish spend an average of 18 months in deep-water pens where they swim the equivalent of 13,000 Kilometers (8077mi) before reaching market size.
  • Farming sites are fallowed (uncultivated) for a minimum of 4 months after the site is empty - compared to 2 months for conventional sites.

Gallagher's Irish Organic* Salmon are harvested to the highest standards and dispatched within 24 hours. With arrivals direct to JFK and BOS, we are able to maintain freshness in every fish and deliver the most superior farmed Organic* Salmon available in the U.S. market.

Fresh Irish Organic* Salmon is available whole in 50 Lbs. catch weight cases. Click here for product details.

Click here to view the "What Makes It Organic" infographic.