Tilapia Tales - Tropical Aquaculture Newsletter
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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!

Organic Salmon


Expanding Product Line

After the introduction of our new Organic Irish Salmon at the International Boston Seafood Show 2010, our President John Schramm visited the West Cork Organic Salmon farm in Bantry Bay, Ireland last week. During his visit, John toured the farm where the salmon is carefully nurtured from smolt to market size, averaging 4.5 Kg.

Murphy's Irish Seafood produces its West Cork Organic Salmon according to AB certification (Quality-France SAS) and Naturland Verband's organic certifications. Murphy's operation has been audited for BIO Suisse (Switzerland), IOFGA (Ireland) and EU Organic certifications.

West Cork Organic Salmon is raised in low-density sea cages where large tidal exchange and strong Atlantic currents give an ideal fish rearing environment. The fish are fed a diet containing only natural and organic ingredients. These factors result in the highest-quality farm raised product that's as near to wild as possibleRead more


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GlobalGAP

GlobalG.A.P. Press Conference at ESE, Brussels

Aquamar S.A., one of Tropical's Ecuadorian farms, participated in the GlobalG.A.P Press Conference at the European Seafood Exposition last month, representing the first sustainable tilapia farm system certified by GlobalG.A.P in the America's. Other participants included: GTZ, Aquamar S.A., Binca Seafoods GmbH, Anova Seafood, Royal Ahold, WWF, HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries Inc. and NTACO. 

During the press conference, GlobalG.A.P presented Tilapia and Pangasius as the new, responsibly produced aquaculture species on the market. They were pleased to announce that there has been much progress of these species with the completion of standards for both.  As farms are certified against the GlobalG.A.P standard worldwide, consumers can be assured they are buying responsibly and sustainably sourced products.

It is expected that farms will subsequently be certified against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) sustainability standards once the ASC becomes operational next year.   Tropical's farms are already working on this.

John Schramm, President of Tropical Aquaculture Products, in representation of Aquamar Farm, mentioned during the press conference the benefits of this certification on validating Tropical Aquaculture's commitment to responsible and sustainable aquaculture practices.


TAE in Brussels showTropical Aquaculture Europe Participates in the European Seafood Exposition (ESE)

Our sister company, Tropical Aquaculture Europe (TAE) participated in the ESE last month.   ESE is the biggest seafood exhibition in the world with more than 1600 exhibitors and visitors coming from 144 different countries.

Laurent Metivier, our European Manager, was able to meet with some key accounts for both tilapia and shrimp and felt the show was a success with many visitors to his booth.  More than 2,000 people sampled our tilapia, which was cooked with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Show attendees were able to really taste the tilapia and were thrilled by the clean, mild and sweet flavor of the fillet.  For many, it was the first time they tried tilapia and we hope we left a good taste in their mouth!

Staff Notes

GlobalGAPThe results are in!  Larissa Bassarab, a member of our logistics team, is now a certified SQF Practitioner!  Last month she headed to the Windy City to take a HAACP and SQF course.  She just got the exciting results that she passed both of her exams.  As an SQF Practitioner, Larissa will help implement SQF procedures at all of our warehouses.

 

MeghanNext week Meghan Bouchie one of our sales representatives, heads to Washington D.C. for the first of four NFI Future Leaders sessions.  Meghan will be introduced to NFI during this trip as well as learn the role of lobbying and advocacy on Capitol Hill.  In addition, she will learn about free trade and get an introduction to media training.

 


mikeAt the end of last month, Lisa, Lorena and Mike ran in the "Middlebury Maple Run" half marathon.   Mike, our inside Sales Manager, made a personal record ending in 1 hr 29 minutes and 37 seconds - go Mike! For Lisa, our controller, this was the first time she participated in a half marathon race and it only energized her to run in more.  She will run the Burlington, Vt. marathon at the end of this month.  Lorena, our Project Manager for Food Safety and Environmental Standards, is a veteran runner, having participated in various marathons and Ironman competitions in the past.  This time around Lorena didn't run alone, her 7-month-old daughter Samantha accompanied her across the finish line! While this wasn't a first for Lorena, it definitely was for Samantha!

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Tropical History



Tropical hit a milestone in the first part of 2000 selling 109,270 lbs in week 6, exceeding their goal of 100,000 lbs/week.

Ten years later, (on week 8 of this year) yet another record was hit with sales reaching 663,159 lbs.

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Tropical and Sustainability




Our land-based farms are Polyculture (tilapia and shrimp) systems, which are considered friendlier to the environment, not only for more efficient use of space, but also contributing to a healthier environment within the ponds themselves. Learn more about our sustainable practices

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