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Open Blue raise these fish using unique technology.

Open Blue’s Cobia Achieves Good Alternative Ranking from Seafood Watch

  (PANAMA, 11/30/2017)

Conscientious seafood fans can confidently include Open Blue’s cobia on their menus now that Seafood Watch has recognized it as a Good Alternative in their ranking of seafood sustainability.

The ranking is the result of significant research and proactive measures taken by the company primarily around their feed and reducing the amount of fishmeal and fishoil required to raise healthy cobia in the deep waters off the coast of Panama.

Open Blue´s cobia are raised in stress-free, low-density, fully submerged “sea stations” in the best natural environment possible.

“We are leading the way in raising cobia sustainably – improving in our feed is just one area that we’re showing how well Open Blue can raise these fish using unique technology and our diligent attention,” said Chris Perry, CEO, Open Blue.

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch has been a leader in providing science-based recommendations for sustainable seafood since it began nearly 20 years ago. As a relatively new species to aquaculture, cobia had previously not been recommended because of the feed ratio required to raise the fish. Open Blue’s demonstrated ability to quickly reduce the ratio and commit to continued improvement allowed the Seafood Watch administrators to improve the rating.

Open Blue selected the Caribbean coastal waters of Panama as an ideal location and Cobia as the perfect fish to feed a growing world – a fish with great flavor and texture, rich in Omega-3 and a minimal environmental footprint.

This ranking, combined with the four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification earned last month by Open Blue, shows the company’s commitment to sustainability. Open Blue cobia products are also Global Gap, Friend of the Sea and BRC certified.

“We are extremely proud of everyone on the team who helped to make this happen – it takes all of us to ensure that we are offering a great product that is also safe for the environment and beneficial to the communities where it is raised,” said Perry.

The swift currents and pristine quality of the open ocean produce cleaner, healthier, faster-growing and tastier fish.

About Open Blue

Open Blue is a pioneer in deep water, open ocean mariculture. The company´s fully submersible SeaStations situated 8 miles offshore are designed to withstand the toughest ocean conditions such as strong currents, high wind speeds and wave heights.

Source: Open Blue

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