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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.

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