Last month, our partner tilapia producer, Piscicola New York (PNY), in Colombia, received Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification at their plant; integrating them into Tropical's 2-star BAP certified production group.

The Global Aquaculture Alliance's BAP standard is a certification system that combines site inspections and effluent sampling with sanitary controls, therapeutic controls and traceability.

Piscicola New York first received BAP certification at the farm level in May of 2010. The farm utilizes a cage system in the Betania Reservoir in the Magdalena River. As part of the BAP program, they constantly monitor water quality at three different stations. Additionally, all aquaculture activity in the reservoir is managed and restricted by the Colombian government.

For the past two years, PNY worked to attain the second star of the BAP standard. 2-star BAP certification is not only a great achievement, but it is proof of our partner's commitment to produce responsible tilapia while maintaining food safety.

At Tropical, our focus is to provide tilapia products certified responsible and sustainable by standards such as the BAP standard. We are sure that by implementing this type of standard throughout our production, it will help to meet the increasing demand for healthy products, cultivated in harmony with the environment and always in a socially responsible manner.


January not only marks the start of a New Year, but also the approach of the "seafood season". Seafood trade shows and other events, including the start of Lent and Easter set the tone for what's recognized as the busiest season of the year. So, what's a better time to highlight and recognize our farmer's practices than this month?

At Tropical, we've always worked hard to build and maintain strong partnerships with producers who focus on the relationship between farm, environment and their surrounding communities. They are hard-working South American and European farmers and fishermen who understand and make responsible use of their surroundings; producing tilapia, shrimp, trout, salmon and crab as true to nature as possible. Although you may receive our seafood in a box or a bag, fresh or frozen, our products are nurtured, harvested and processed with great skill and passion!

Tropical Tilapia - In Ecuador, for instance, tilapia farmers benefit from their geographical location. They allow pure stream water from the Andes Mountains and saltwater from the Pacific Ocean to enter the farm with every high tide. This natural mixture results in a tilapia exclusive in flavor and texture. The farms also employ polyculture, recirculation and water treatment techniques to maintain a healthy water system, soils and overall, a healthy ecosystem.

Blue Foot White Shrimp - Near the coast of Ecuador, Chanduy shrimp farm, provides the ultimate environment for rearing Ecuadorian white shrimp. The inland sand-bottom ponds are naturally replenished with Pacific Ocean water with every high tide, creating an ideal environment for shrimp cultivation. This unique environment results in a world-class shrimp of crisp texture and superior taste.

Rainbow Trout - With over 15 years experience, our Panamanian trout farm, Lamasur S.A., rears rainbow trout at nearly 6,000 ft above sea level, in an area with cool mountain temperatures that create an ideal habitat for raising trout. They raise each trout in earthen raceways constantly replenished with water from a crystal-clear mountain book. The raceways act as natural water filters while  giving the fish a calm habitat, optimal for nourishing trout with a delicate, sweet flavor and firm texture.

Irish Organic Salmon - Across the ocean, in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, our expert Irish farmers nourish their award-winning Irish organic salmon. The farm's location at sea provides vigorous exercise and muscle formation in each salmon as they are fully exposed to strong ocean currents and natural elements. This results in a salmon with a clean, mild taste and firm texture derived from the pure, fast moving waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Irish Rock Crab - In the pristine waters of the Irish Coast, our skilled fishermen catch Ireland's renowned cold water Rock crab. They fish for crab responsibly by using miniature Irish crab pots and reducing fishing during certain seasons to ensure a lasting supply. Each crab is gently handled and cooked in pure Irish waters, giving it its unique award-winning taste.

Our passionate farmers and fishermen around the world, work and monitor each farm with the goal of bringing you a pure, chem-free product that will awaken your taste buds in an unparalleled tasting experience. The harmonious ecosystem at each farm is the result of having a clear understanding of the potential effects of our actions, while formulation preventive approaches guided by recognized certification bodies.

So, get ready this "seafood season" and discover culinary excellence and extraordinary flavor!