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Turkey may be the traditional Thanksgiving meal for thousands of citizens, but this year tilapia may be the new turkey for some Americans.

In the spirit of thanking and giving, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc., North America’s leading tilapia supplier announced today that the company will be donating 10,000 pounds of fresh tilapia fillets for Thanksgiving to food banks in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, New York City, Miami and Philadelphia.

For Tropical, donating tilapia fillets is not just a gesture of charity, but it is an initiative that reinforces their commitment to social responsibility. Thanksgiving is a time to come together to celebrate friends, family and food. While Thanksgiving is a U.S holiday, these values are practiced throughout the America’s, including our farming group in Central and South America.

This contribution of fresh tilapia is meant to provide a healthy source of protein for those in need. “Unbelievable!” said Butch Langenfelder, Food Sourcing Manager at Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore. “You have no idea how excited we are, we are always searching for fresh seafood. This will have an immediate impact on the holiday season,” he added.

Tropical believes that social responsibility is not only at the production level, but throughout the supply chain. Although fish may not be the tradition for Thanksgiving we hope that every recipient will enjoy Tropical tilapia this holiday.

Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc., North America’s leading fresh tilapia supplier (www.tropicalaquaculture.com) and it’s sister company, Tropical Aquaculture Europe, today announced that the company’s two largest Ecuadorian plants, Aquamar and Produmar, have received “Best Aquaculture Practices” (BAP) certification.

“As the aquaculture industry advances, retailers, consumers and producers are searching for common standards on food safety, social responsibility and environmental sustainability,” Schramm, Tropical’s President, said.  “BAP now gives our customers this comprehensive certification standard designed to address both industry and NGO concerns.”

“Tropical’s plants and farms currently carry SQF 2000 level 3 and ISO and will continue with these certifications. Currently, Tropical is focused on BAP certification across all plants and farms,” Schramm said.  “This milestone exemplifies the group’s commitment and willingness to invest in sustainable aquaculture operations.”

“As the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood, the Global Aquaculture Alliance is pleased with this recognition of BAP certification as the way to meet the demands of the marketplace for responsibly produced seafood,” said Wally Stevens, GAA Executive Director. “From our perspective, BAP standards are the gateway to the global marketplace, and we applaud Tropical—under the leadership of its President and CEO, John Schramm, for this major accomplishment.”