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According to the U.S. federal agency, NOAA, seafood sustainability means "catching or farming seafood responsibly, with consideration for the long-term health of the environment and the livelihoods of the people that depend upon the environment".

At Tropical, we believe in supplying sustainably sourced seafood in order to maintain abundant aquatic ecosystems. We are committed to building and maintaining partnerships with producers who understand the relationship between farmenvironment and their surrounding communities.

This National Seafood Month, we'd like to recognize our partner's continuous efforts to bring you the freshest seafood available in the market.

Our partners are hard-working South American and European farmers and fishermen who appreciate and make responsible use of their surroundings. Their operations measure up to the industry's strictest food safety requirements and comply with sustainability certifications such as: 2-star BAPASCIMOMSC and EU Organic certification Debio.

Their farming operations focus on limiting habitat damage, preventing escapes, the spread of disease, and minimizing the use of wild fish in the feed to help offset pressure on wild fisheries. The fishermen we work with treat the ocean's resources with respect and utilize sensible fishing efforts to reduce their impact on the environment and promote the conservation of marine resources.

Tropical's focus is to minimize our footprint on aquatic ecosystems to ensure a lasting seafood supply. Through innovative practices we can bring you fresh, healthy seafood, free of chemicals, antibiotics, added preservatives or any other contaminant, sourced from both, reputable farms and wild fisheries managed in a responsible and sustainable manner.

This National Seafood Month remember that sustainability is based on the simple principle to meet today's demand without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

So, what are you waiting for? Make the shift to purchasing sustainable products like our offering of responsibly sourced products and discover the true meaning of absolute seafood excellence!

Tropical Tilapia

With partner farms in Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, our tilapia is nurtured, harvested and processed with great skill and passion. All facilities measure up to the industry's highest standards to bring you the freshest, purest, chem-free product. The taste and overall quality of our tilapia comes from the care and expertise of our partners who raise and process our fish. All our farms and processing plants carry one if not a combination of certifications such as: 2-star BAPASC and SQF certifications.

Blue Foot White Shrimp

Near the coast of Ecuador, Chanduy shrimp farm, provides the ultimate environment for rearing Ecuadorian white shrimp. The inland sand-bottom ponds are naturally replenished with Pacific Ocean water with every high tide, creating an ideal environment for shrimp cultivation. This unique coastal environment results in a world-class shrimp of crisp texture and superior taste. The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certifies Blue Foot White Shrimp as sustainable.

Norwegian Organic Salmon

Our Organic salmon is farmed in an environment fully exposed to strong currents and natural elements of the Norwegian Sea. The farm's location at sea and its low-stocking-density, provides vigorous exercise and excellent muscle formation in each salmon. Our salmon is certified as Organic by European organic certifying body, Debio.

Icelandic Cod

Our partner fishermen catch cod in the cold, energetic waters surrounding the Westman Islands. Iceland's Southern Coast is one of the biggest Icelandic fishing stations surrounded by rich fishing grounds. The cod is shipped directly to us within 48 hours after catch. Icelandic cod is never treated with preservatives to enhance freshness and is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Ecuadorian Cobia

Our Cobia is sourced from Ecuador's first mariculture site, chosen for its optimal currents and depths that allow for constant water exchange. Cobia is an oily whitefish characterized by its clean, sweet, buttery flavor and a texture that remains moist and firm when cooked. The delicate flavor and culinary versatility of our fresh 5-10 oz. Cobia fillets will make it a perfect retail item for cook-at-home seafood consumers and the perfect gourmet choice of chefs and dine-out consumers.

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At Tropical, we are honored to be the exclusive suppliers of fresh Ecuadorian Cobia to the U.S. and support the sustainable cultivation of aquatic products. This fall, get ready to taste a fish with incredible culinary qualities and extraordinary flavor profile!

Ocean Farm S.A. Cobia cultivation is the first mariculture project n Ecuadorian waters and is integrated from hatchery to processing. After seven years of planning and identifying the ideal environment for rearing Cobia, and with the support of the Ecuadorian government, Ocean Farm embarked on their first large scale production in April of this year.

Six-months after stocking the first Cobia open ocean cages in Ecuadorian waters; we are very excited to announce that the first shipments of fresh Cobia are due to commence by mid-September.

Ocean Farm's beachfront hatchery benefits from the continuous flow of pure ocean water. The farm consists of 3 low-density deep water pens situated 9 miles off the Ecuadorian coast in a site chosen for its optimal currents and depths that allow for constant water exchange.

The cages are carefully constructed to prevent escapes and deter predators. The outermost cage-net is made of high-strenght steel wire protected with a coating of high-density polyethylene.

Ocean Farm does not treat the nets with copper, which is a method commonly used to deter algae growth. Their state-of-the-art cleaning methods provide better growing conditions for fish, it is environmentally friendly (eliminating the need for treating nets with antifouling) and provides cleaner cages.

To ensure that each and every fish receive the nutrients it need to develop into a healthy and tasty Cobia; our fish are hand fed on a daily basis. The formulated feed is sourced from sustainable local sources and contains fishmeal, soy meal, corn meal, vitamins and minerals.

Upon harvest, Cobia is immediately transported live to shore, to the OceanFish S.A. processing plant, located near the port of Manta, Ecuador. Upon arrival, OceanFish processes, packs and dispatches the fish, all within 12 hours of harvest. The processing plant carries BRC certification and is fully HACCP compliant.

Meanwhile, here at Tropical we are very excited to team up with Ocean Farm S.A. and are honored to be the first suppliers of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia from Ecuador's first mariculture farm!

As with the rest of our products, we are committed to effectively distribute fresh Cobia and ensure year-round continuity of quality and supply. Our imports of fresh Cobia will arrive directly from Ecuador to Miami, New York and Los Angeles airports.

Fresh Cobia from Ocean Farm is all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful contaminants.

Cobia is a whitefish characterized by its clean, sweet, buttery flavor and a texture that remains moist and firm when cooked. The delicate flavor and culinary versatility of our fresh 5-10 oz. Cobia fillets will make it a perfect retail item for cook-at-home seafood consumers and the perfect gourmet choice of chefs and dine-out consumers.

Cobia not only has a number of culinary capabilities; its nutritional value and unparalleled taste will make fresh Ecuadorian Cobia a great addition to your seafood case and a family favorite!

Fresh Cobia fillets are available for the U.S. market as:

5-10 oz. fillets, pin-bone out, skinless or skin-on.

Shipped in 10 Lbs. cases.

Want to have a taste of this spectacular fish?

Call us today for product details and pricing!

(800) 277-3459