At Tropical, we are honored to be the exclusive suppliers of fresh Ecuadorian Cobia to the U.S. and support the sustainable cultivation of aquatic products. This fall, get ready to taste a fish with incredible culinary qualities and extraordinary flavor profile!
Ocean Farm S.A. Cobia cultivation is the first mariculture project n Ecuadorian waters and is integrated from hatchery to processing. After seven years of planning and identifying the ideal environment for rearing Cobia, and with the support of the Ecuadorian government, Ocean Farm embarked on their first large scale production in April of this year.
Six-months after stocking the first Cobia open ocean cages in Ecuadorian waters; we are very excited to announce that the first shipments of fresh Cobia are due to commence by mid-September.
Ocean Farm's beachfront hatchery benefits from the continuous flow of pure ocean water. The farm consists of 3 low-density deep water pens situated 9 miles off the Ecuadorian coast in a site chosen for its optimal currents and depths that allow for constant water exchange.
The cages are carefully constructed to prevent escapes and deter predators. The outermost cage-net is made of high-strenght steel wire protected with a coating of high-density polyethylene.
Ocean Farm does not treat the nets with copper, which is a method commonly used to deter algae growth. Their state-of-the-art cleaning methods provide better growing conditions for fish, it is environmentally friendly (eliminating the need for treating nets with antifouling) and provides cleaner cages.
To ensure that each and every fish receive the nutrients it need to develop into a healthy and tasty Cobia; our fish are hand fed on a daily basis. The formulated feed is sourced from sustainable local sources and contains fishmeal, soy meal, corn meal, vitamins and minerals.
Upon harvest, Cobia is immediately transported live to shore, to the OceanFish S.A. processing plant, located near the port of Manta, Ecuador. Upon arrival, OceanFish processes, packs and dispatches the fish, all within 12 hours of harvest. The processing plant carries BRC certification and is fully HACCP compliant.
Meanwhile, here at Tropical we are very excited to team up with Ocean Farm S.A. and are honored to be the first suppliers of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia from Ecuador's first mariculture farm!
As with the rest of our products, we are committed to effectively distribute fresh Cobia and ensure year-round continuity of quality and supply. Our imports of fresh Cobia will arrive directly from Ecuador to Miami, New York and Los Angeles airports.
Fresh Cobia from Ocean Farm is all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful contaminants.
Cobia is a whitefish characterized by its clean, sweet, buttery flavor and a texture that remains moist and firm when cooked. The delicate flavor and culinary versatility of our fresh 5-10 oz. Cobia fillets will make it a perfect retail item for cook-at-home seafood consumers and the perfect gourmet choice of chefs and dine-out consumers.
Cobia not only has a number of culinary capabilities; its nutritional value and unparalleled taste will make fresh Ecuadorian Cobia a great addition to your seafood case and a family favorite!
Fresh Cobia fillets are available for the U.S. market as:
5-10 oz. fillets, pin-bone out, skinless or skin-on.
Shipped in 10 Lbs. cases.
Want to have a taste of this spectacular fish?
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In April of this year, we revealed that Tropical will be the exclusive supplier in the U.S. of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia produced by Ocean Farm S.A.
Ocean Farm S.A. successfully stocked their first open ocean cage in April - setting a milestone in the Ecuadorian seafood industry. On that day, under the presence of Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas and other Ecuadorian authorities, Ocean Farm moved 100,000 cobia fingerlings to their new home.
Three months after Ocean Farm stocked the first pen, the cobia has proven to have a rapid growth rate and has yielded excellent results in the farm's projections. Following the success of the first net pen, Ocean Farm successfully stocked the second open ocean cage at the end of June.
It is projected that the fast growth rate of cobia will enable Ocean Farm to harvest the first fish by mid-October and begin exports of fresh cobia fillets to the U.S. market by the end of October.
Ocean Farm cobia will be fresh, all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful contaminants.
The National Fisheries Institute of Ecuador (INP) is currently monitoring the farm for their sustainability efforts and healthy growth of fish. Ocean Farm is also programmed to apply for GlobalG.A.P. certification later this year.
In recent months, cobia has gained recognition in the American culinary world for its incredible culinary qualities. Cobia 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!
And, if the cooking versatility is not enough; cobia is a healthy fish that is naturally high in Omega-3. Its delicate flavor and high nutritional value make cobia a chef favorite and the perfect gourmet choice!
Fresh cobia from Ocean Farm will be flown directly from Ecuador into Miami, New York and Los Angeles.
The cobia will be available as:
5-7 oz. fillets, skinless pin-bone out
Shipped in 10 Lbs. cases.