Vol. 6, No. 4: April 2015  

Ocean Farm S.A. Sets Milestone with Cobia Operation

As revealed last month at SENA, Tropical will be the first supplier in the U.S. of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia produced by Ocean Farm S.A..  Ocean Farm is the first Cobia mariculture site in Ecuadorian waters. 

Ocean Farm's responsible and eco-friendly operation is supported entirely by the Ecuadorian Government. Earlier this month, Ocean Farm successfully stocked their first open ocean cages with Cobia fingerlings grown at Ocean Farm's hatchery. Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas, and other Ecuadorian authorities were present to witness Ocean Farm set a milestone in the Ecuadorian seafood industry. 

After seven years of studying oceanic cycles and identifying the ideal depths for rearing Cobia, Ocean Farm set anchor for their new state-of-the-art production site 10.9 miles (9.5 nautical miles) off the Ecuadorian shore. 

Cobias are active fish with a rapid growth rate and are naturally attracted to stationary objects. This natural instinct allows them to adapt well to life in large open ocean pens. 

The fish are fed a diet that mimics the nutritional value of what they'd naturally pray on in the wild. The formulated feed includes fishmeal and fish oil from sustainable sources, plant proteins, vitamins and minerals. 

Fresh Cobia from Ocean Farm S.A. will be all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, prophylactic antibiotics and other harmful contaminants. 

The rapid growth rate of Cobia will enable Ocean Farm to harvest the first fish within 8 months of stocking the first cages. We plan to have Fresh Cobia fillets available for the U.S. market by end of this year. 

Cobia has incredible culinary qualities. It 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! 

Cobia is a healthy fish that is naturally high in Omega 3. Its delicate flavor, high nutritional value and culinary versatility, make Cobia a chef favorite and the perfect gourmet choice! 

Available as: 5-7 oz. fresh skinless, pin-bone out fillets.

Call your sales representative for more information! 
(800) 277-3459
Q: Where was polyculture first developed? 
A: During the Tang dynasty in China, the farming of carp was banned because the Chinese word for carp (鯉) sounded like the emperor's family name, Li (李). The emperor ruled that anything that sounded like his name could not be kept or killed. 
Rather than putting a constraint on the development of aquaculture, the ruling resulted in the development of polyculture. Chinese people, whose livelihood depended on fish farming, discovered that certain fish species, when raised in the same pond, complement each other by eating different types of food and staying in different strata within the pond.

At Tropical, most of our tilapia farms employ polyculture and raise tilapia and shrimp in the same pond to utilize as much of the pond as possible and ensure the healthiest possible habitat for the fish!
Tilapia Saute with Spring Vegetables
tilapia with veggies Think Spring Food!
Sautéed tilapia served on a bed of potatoes and drizzled with a fresh herb vinaigrette is the perfect meal for those chilly spring days! 
Click here for the recipe.
Staff Notes


This month Matthew Busko, Logistics Coordinator, reached his 4th year working with the Tropical team. Matt ensures that your shipments arrive safe and on time! Thank you for your hard work and Congratulations


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