We'd like to congratulate our partner producer Piscícola El Rosario for reaching another milestone in their sustainability journey and attaining the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification at their farm this month.

In 2009, Piscícola El Rosario began their tilapia production operation in a region known as Antioquia, which is located in the Central Northwestern region of Colombia. The farming project was initiated by a group of Colombian businessmen with interest in investing in vulnerable regions of the country.

El Rosario's mission is the wellbeing of their workers, the betterment of their quality of life and to treat their workers well to make them better Colombian citizens.

Today, El Rosario's farming project has created a very positive impact as it contributes to the strengthening of the local economy by creating jobs, products and services.

In 2012, Piscícola El Rosario was integrated into Tropical's tilapia network with the vision to supply responsibly farmed tilapia while offering safe working conditions to supply a year-round supply of fresh tilapia.

By 2013, the hard work of El Rosario was demonstrated through their commitment to responsible practices and their attainment of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification at the farm level. Today, the farm runs in accordance with both BAP and ASC certifications.

The farm utilizes raceways, which are monitored and diligently maintained under these stringent standards. Their formulated feed contains ingredients from sustainable sources and complies with nutrient requirements for farmed tilapia.  El Rosario's FIFO (fish in and fish out) ratio is Zero, making them a net contributor to the global fish supply.

Claudia Reyes, Quality Control Manager at Piscícola El Rosario, said "The ASC certification gives us assurance that we are doing things right, while taking care of the community and of the environment. It also serves as our letter of guarantee so that new customers can include us in their prevailed supplier network".

El Rosario's modern processing plant is strategically located in conjunction with the farming facilities, which makes it possible to harvest the fish, process it, and pack it, all within 30 minutes!

To compliment the farm's certifications, El Rosario's processing plant underwent the certification process for attaining the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) Chain of Custody certification. By attaining the Chain of Custody certification, El Rosario is able to assure that the ASC product you are receiving has indeed originated from a tilapia farm certified under the ASC standard.

Ecuadorian Cobia

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, the Cobia 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.

Pan Seared FishCobia 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.