As revealed last month at SENA, Tropical will be the first supplier in the U.S. of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia produced by Ocean Farm S.A.. Ocean Farm is the first Cobia mariculture site in Ecuadorian waters.
Ocean Farm's responsible and eco-friendly operation is supported entirely by the Ecuadorian Government. Earlier this month, the Cobia farm successfully stocked their first open ocean cages with Cobia fingerlings grown at Ocean Farm's hatchery. Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas, and other Ecuadorian authorities were present to witness Ocean Farm set a milestone in the Ecuadorian seafood industry.
After seven years of studying oceanic cycles and identifying the ideal depths for rearing Cobia. Ocean Farm set anchor for their new state-of-the-art production site 10.9 miles (9.5 nautical miles) off the Ecuadorian shore.
Cobias are active fish with a rapid growth rate and are naturally attracted to stationary objects. This natural instinct allows them to adapt well to life in large open ocean pens.
The fish are fed a diet that mimics the nutritional value of what they'd naturally pray on in the wild. The formulated feed includes fishmeal and fish oil from sustainable sources, plant proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Fresh Cobia from Ocean Farm S.A. will be all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, prophylactic antibiotics and other harmful contaminants.
The rapid growth rate of Cobia will enable Ocean Farm to harvest the first fish within 8 months of stocking the first cages. We plan to have fresh Cobia fillets available for the U.S. market by end of this year.
Cobia has incredible culinary qualities. It is characterized by its clean, sweet, buttery flavor and firm texture capable of holding moisture when cooked - it doesn't dry out or fall apart from excess heat!
Cobia is a healthy fish that is naturally high in Omega 3. its delicate flavor, high nutritional value and culinary versatility, make Cobia a chef favorite and the perfect gourmet choice!
Available as: 5-7 oz. fresh skinless, pin-bone out fillets.
We are very excited to announce that early this month, our shrimp producer, Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A. (IPSP) received Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification at its shrimp farms!
For almost 40 years, IPSP has known the importance of caring for the environment, the local community and the social conditions of their workers and their immediate surroundings. Their commitment to environmentally and social conscious practices has placed them as industry leaders, and amongst the first shrimp producers in Ecuador to obtain the ASC label.
The ASC label verifies that shrimp production occurs responsibly and in a way that benefits producers and consumers, while limiting their impact on the environment. The ASC standard also promotes the social conditions of workers and their surrounding communities.
To complement the farm's ASC certification, IPSP underwent the process for attaining the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification at its processing plants. Chain of Custody certification assures that ASC certified seafood has indeed originated from a farm certified against the ASC standard.
Chanduy farm, the production site for Tropical's Blue Foot White Shrimp, is located on the Ecuadorian coastline in the area of San Antonio in the province of Santa Elena. The scale of the farm allows to raise shrimp in a low-density environment while avoiding overcrowding and promoting good health. Chanduy farm is a closely monitored habitat free of antibiotics, additives or growth enhancers.
The proximity to the coast allows the farm to receive an infusion of fresh ocean water with every high tide. This natural habitat is ideal for producing shrimp with a succulent, sweet flavor and crisp texture, exclusive to Blue Foot White Shrimp!
With constant harvests and around the clock processing, Blue Foot White Shrimp are flown fresh, directly into major U.S. ports in less than 24 hours of harvest - it doesn't get any fresher!
For every pound of Blue Foot White Shrimp sold, we make a donation to the Charles Darwin Foundation for the conservation of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
Learn more about shrimp with a commitment to natural conservation!