Tilapia Tales
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Tropical Aquaculture's monthly newsletter will give you timely and relevant information about our Vermont based company as well as our overseas facilities. Each month we will also be sharing a new sustainability point that we currently practice - so keep your eyes open!

Ecuadorian Farm Operates an Extensive Recirculation System

 

Produmar farm

Early in 2010, one of our Ecuadorian farms, Produmar, started operating as a closed system that reuses 100% of the water needed for tilapia production.  This system allows for a significant reduction in effluent discharges, facilitates the control of escapes, requires a considerably less water requirement and it provides a predictable and constant environment for growing fish.

 

The hatchery and the entire 800 Has of growout area each have their own independent recirculation system, with a capacity of storing approximately

12% of the operational volume.  

 

Produmar continues to improve their recirculation units to maintain a sustainable system for the cultivation of tilapia.


New Standards for Tilapia Aquaculture Industry:

International Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture - ISRTA


Field Audit

On March 10th and 11th, two of our Ecuadorian farms received a visit from Aaron McNevin of World Wildlife Fund, who coordinated the recently completed Tilapia Aquaculture Dialogue (TAD).

The TAD developed global standards designed to minimize the key environ-mental and social impacts associated with tilapia aquaculture.
 
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IBSSGetting Ready for the International Boston Seafood Show


Come visit us at booth #333 at the International Boston Seafood Show,

March 14th - 16th. 

Here's a sneak peak at some of the recipes we plan to have:
·  Thai red curry with tilapia and shrimp
·  Poached shrimp, salsa verde, fennel salad
·  Shrimp beignets w/ smoked paprika aioli

·  Sautéed tilapia, cauliflower puree, crispy capers, lemon zest
·  Shrimp tostadas, guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro


We look forward to seeing all of you in a month in Boston.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with any of us, please click here with a suggestion of time and place.  Otherwise, swing by our booth (#333) and try some of our delicious tilapia and shrimp!

Staff Notes

Love is in the air the first couple weeks of February.  Roses are still on the kitchen table, chocolates on the counter and fish is filling up the fridge.   For all of us in the seafood industry the start of lent, on Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the busiest time of year. 

 

As we fill orders and plan for the International Boston Seafood Show, our staff is not only busy at work but in their personal lives as well.   Dana, Rosie, Chris and Toby all celebrated birthdays this month.  Meghan, one of our sales representatives got the exciting news that she will be in the NFI Future Leaders class for 2010 and Larissa will head to Chicago in a couple of weeks for SQF training.

 

Mike, Lorena and Lisa recently ran a 5K-charity race in which $16,000 was raised for a 4-month baby who has a rare type of cancer.  Mike really cleaned up as he finished the race in 19 minutes 20 seconds.  However, this is just a warm-up for these three, as they will run in the Burlington, VT marathon in May. 

Latest Recipe

Sesame Broiled Tilapia

Think Quick! A little butter, some sesame seeds and a dash of lemon juice and Viola! Dinner is served!
See recipe
 
Take a look at our journey to sustainability
Learn about our Umbrella Policy on our website or download or print a print-friendly version of our Sustainability brochure.
Questions? Comments?  Contact us by email or or call us toll-free at 1-800-277-3459  www.tropicalaquaculture.com

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In This Issue
New Recirculation System
New Standards for Tilapia Aquaculture
New Standards for Tilapia Aquaculture
Staff Notes
Latest recipe
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Tropical History



Twelve years ago, in February of '98, Tropical's production group expanded to include Aquamar and Produmar. They were introduced into the group because Tropical realized the need to have multiple farms and processing facilities to ensure continuity of supply. The addition of Aquamar and Produmar expanded Tropical's farms by 1,200 Has (nearly 3,000 acres). Tropical now has the most expansive tilapia farm network in the Americas, comprised of 11 farms and 5 processing facilities in three countries.


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Tropical and Sustainability



Naturally occurring plankton
in our ponds act as a supple-mental nutrition source for our fish, reducing the overall feed load necessary for healthy development
.  Learn more about our sustainable practices


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