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Open Blue’s Cobia achieves Good Alternative ranking from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch

PANAMA – 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.

“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.

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.

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Best Aquaculture Practices – Four Stars for Open Blue

Open Blue has become the world’s first Cobia supplier to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), denoting that the company’s processing plants, farm sites, hatcheries and feed mills are all BAP certified. Open Blue is now eligible to offer four-star BAP cobia following verification that it purchases feed from two BAP-certified feed mills Biomar Aquacorporation Products S.A. in Costa Rica and Vitapro S.A. in Peru.

This announcement comes less than seven months after Open Blue first achieved BAP certification for its processing plant, farm and hatchery. The BAP standards address environmental and social responsibility, fish welfare, food safety and traceability. ‘This achievement is a direct reflection of Open Blue’s commitment to provide safe and sustainably produced seafood to our customers.’ says Chris Perry, CEO Open Blue.

About BAP:

A division of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, Best Aquaculture Practices is an international certification program based on achievable, science-based and continuously improved performance standards for the entire aquaculture supply chain — farms, hatcheries, processing plants and feed mills — that assure healthful foods produced through environmentally and socially responsible means. BAP certification is based on independent audits that evaluate compliance with the BAP standards developed by the Global Aquaculture Alliance. For more information on BAP, visit www.bapcertification.org

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Open Blue wins Exporter of the Year award!

Open Blue wins Exporter of the Year in the large business category!

Open Blue Sea Farms was presented with a national award for export development last evening (September 13) by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MICI) at a reception during CONEXPORT 2017. Open Blue was recognized along with eight other companies for their contribution to the growth, dynamism, and expansion of the exporters in Panama.

Accepting the award on Open Blue’s behalf was Javier Visuetti, Manager of Community and Government Affairs. Mr. Visuetti said “We have enjoyed many successes over the past several years but it is very sweet to be honored right here in our home of Panama.” Visuetti further remarked: “The Panamanian government has been very helpful to our company. We particularly want to thank the Panamanian Association of Exporters (APEX), who have provided strategic advice and support for our company as we move to open up markets worldwide.”

Earlier this year Open Blue was awarded the Best New Foodservice Product Award at the Seafood Excellence Awards at this year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which took place in Boston in March. Open Blue received top honors for their frozen IVP Open Blue Cobia fillet in the Best New Food Service category based on factors such as taste, market potential, convenience, nutritional value, uniqueness, and originality.

Open-Blue-wins-Exporter-of-the-Year-award!Chris Perry, CEO Open Blue was also in attendance. He acknowledged the hard work of the Open Blue team following the award presentation. “Open Blue is a different kind of aquaculture company. We work hard every day to bring our values of integrity, care and respect, responsible leadership and a focus on the customer into our workplace”, said Perry. “We have a strong international team of professionals who are advising our Panamanian workers on how best to grow cobia in the clean waters of the Panamanian Caribbean coast. It is that diversity of opinion and ideas that make our company strong.”

For more information on award: http://www.mici.gob.pa/detalle.php?cid=20&id=5117

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Open Blue Cobia fillet wins best new food service product award at seafood expo North America 2017

Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 23, 2017

Open Blue, the largest deep-water, open-ocean fish farm in the world and the largest supplier of Cobia, was awarded the Best New Foodservice Product Award at the Seafood Excellence Awards at this year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA), which took place in Boston earlier this week. SENA is the largest seafood trade event in North America drawing more than 21,600 seafood professionals from over 100 countries and more than 1,340 exhibiting companies.

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Open Blue Achieves BRC Certification

Open Blue Achieves BRC Certification And another!

Open Blue is delighted to announce its achievement of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification to add to the suite of other world class certifications recently achieved for Global GAP, BAP and Friend of the Sea.  These certifications require strict adherence to the world’s highest quality standards for sustainable farming practices and food safety excellence.

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Open Blue Achieves Three Key Standards

Audits for three key standards were successfully conducted during the same time period with a single audit firm and achieved by Open Blue. Audits for Global Gap, Three Star Best Aquaculture Practice, and Friend of the Sea were conducted by SAI Global, an internationally recognized auditing firm. This represents a significant step forward for Open Blue and for certification alignment within the aquaculture sector.

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    Rakesh Ravindran

    Group Development Chef, The Cinnamon Club, London, UK


    At The Cinnamon Club, we believe in using the best quality of sustainable produce and I have really enjoyed working with Open Blue as their cobia is not only highly nutritious but also meets high welfare standards in aquaculture.

  • Peter Bogdanovic

    Peter Bogdanovic

    Finalist in Chef of the Year- Germany, Head Chef – Restaurant Mohren Reichenau, Germany


    In my work as a chef at Restaurant Möhren and Chef of the year finalist, I am always looking for unique products. In addition to the culinary aspects of a product I particularly search for producers that are contributing to sustainability efforts by investing in new concepts and share their story with our guests. Open Blue Cobia is a dream to work with. The firm meat and clean, rich taste allow for a wide range of applications on my menu. Coming from the mariculture farm, I receive the best quality fish, with a consistent year-round availability and taste. With pride, I recommend Open Blue Cobia to my guests, colleagues and everyone else who is interested.

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    Mario Castrellon

    Head Chef – Maito, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017


    Maito – The grill is one of the most flavorful cooking methods and open blue cobia fits perfect for grilling. For us at Maito the best way to enjoy the richness of cobia it’s on the grill! Enjoy

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    Chef Gérard Sallé

    Maître Cuisinier de France, L’Orangerie, Paris, France


    I got very interested in Cobia early on, also called ‘black salmon’ here in Europe. Together with Bernie Léger, Vice-President of Open Blue, we have introduced Cobia to many Michelin-star chefs, highlighting the superior farming qualities and pureness of the product that has no hormones, antibiotics and pesticides in its processes.

    It works raw or cooked with many subtleties, the optimization of all parts is very interesting, like fins in soup or fish-tips, much used in Japan.

    I recommend to all my colleagues to try Cobia and adopt it.

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    Chef Damien Duquesne

    750g La Table, Paris, France


    Open Blue Cobia offers a beautifully firm meat. It’s easy to slice hence ideal for all raw preparations like ceviches and carpaccios. When cooked, its flesh keeps a pearly white colour with a delicate flavour. A great product.

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    Chef Franco Bowanee

    Head Chef, Chateau de Vault de Lugny, Burgundy region, France


    I learned about Open Blue Cobia from a fishmonger friend and since then I fell in love with this exotic fish. Originally from Mauritius, my cuisine is a fusion of spices and influences from far away. I particularly appreciate Japanese and Thai cuisine, and Cobia is ideal for them. I highly recommend trying it cooked at high-temperature on its skin.

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  • Carolle-Rohim

    Carolle Rohim

    Certification Manager


    Going from one standard -Global Gap achieved in 2014, Carolle has worked with the Open Blue team to achieve five standards across the company, with more on the radar moving forward. Achieving standards is an important benchmark for Open Blue to demonstrate through third-party audits that we are meeting or exceeding standards of excellence which are then objectively assessed.

    Carolle started with Open Blue as a Quality manager at the processing facility. Using the excellent practices she put in place there, she joined the Office of Sustainability in 2016 and moved forward to train and develop internal audit teams throughout the company. Building good auditor relationships is also a key success factor and Carolle has handled that role with diplomacy and skill.

  • Abed-Camarena

    Abed Camarena

    Regulatory Affairs Officer


    Abed’s role is environmental affairs officer. In this capacity, he works to identify areas of opportunity for Open Blue to exceed legal requirements for world class environmental management. One area of emerging interest in Panama is recycling. As options began to open up for the collection of recyclables, Abed took a special interest in supporting the company to adopt a company wide four site plan to manage recycling activities. The recycling centre in Ciudad del Saber is the drop-off point for cardboard, plastics, paper, cans, and glass.

    Abed worked with all members of the Open Blue team to install recycling containers, set up and initiated a schedule of pick up and delivery and continuous improvement of the program. Plans for the future include quantifying the amount of recycled material and working with Ciudad del Saber to celebrate National Recycling Day in Panama.

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    Javier Visuetti

    Government and Community Relations Manager


    Trained as a microbiologist Javier began his career in aquaculture working in the shrimp business. Javier graduated from the University of Panama with a degree in Microbiology and Parasitology. He has worked for twenty years in aquaculture in fin fish and shellfish and joined Open Blue in 2009 managing the company’s hatchery and spent time to work with the production team offshore.

    Javier brings a strong social commitment to the communities where Open Blue works and leads a focused team to ensure overall regulatory compliance and strong community partnerships, especially in the Costa Arriba region.

  • Max-Kuzniar

    Max Kuzniar

    Executive Chef, Restaurant Plantxa, Paris


    I love this fish, it can be raw or cooked. The texture changes according to the cooking, whether by using a plancha ( a type of griddle) or just by the acidity of the lemon. A very nice discovery.

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    Chef Paul Reilly

    Executive Chef, Beast + Bottle Coperta, Denver, CO


    >What I love about the product is the versatility. The opportunities to cook with Open Blue Cobia are vast from grilling, curing, smoking, broiling, or my personal favorite, eating it raw in a sashimi or crudo. It has a delicious, natural fat content that lends itself to an array of traditional cuisines and preparations.

  • Eric Ticana

    Eric Ticana

    World Sushi Skills Institute Graduate, Paris, France

    Cobia has a unique texture, very interesting to work with. The yield is excellent and it’s easy to handle. For sushi, we require less quantity of Cobia than with another fish. It’s possible slicing it paper-thin without breaking the slices.

    It has a fresh and delicate flavour that makes it easier to combine with a large variety of ingredients, even ingredients that we wouldn’t commonly use for fish sushis. It goes well with sweet flavors for example. My specials are a Cobia Sushi with mango and a raspberry Cobia maki, always a great success.

    I love it.

  • Andrew Coniglio, Executive Chef Innisbrook Resort, Florida, USA

    Andrew Coniglio

    Executive Chef Innisbrook Resort, Florida, USA


    The quality and consistency of Open Blue Cobia make this a wonderful addition to our menus here at Innisbrook Resort. This fish has great versatility for our chefs to create many innovative dishes.

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    Michael Reid

    M Restaurants, London


    Open Blue Cobia is such an amazing and versatile fish. From one of our signature, Sashimi served raw to a beautifully meaty flaky pan fried alternative to the usual on the market.

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    Stefaan van Beveren

    Brasserie Epicea, Chef, Welle, Belgium


    As the former chef of the ISPC-restaurant and still a loyal customer, I was one of the first to get to know the Open Blue Cobia. Cobia has features that I find very important as a father, a chef and as nature –loving angler in my free time. Whether it is prepared cooked, baked or raw, Cobia has an excellent taste and great texture. Also, it has a very positive environmental influence. I can use Cobia for the gastronomical dishes in my restaurant, as well as in my job as a culinary advisor.

  • Alain Droesbeke

    Alain Droesbeke

    Executive Chef, Brussels, Belgium


    The secret to good cooking is simplicity, quality ingredients and a dash of imagination. Nothing is set in stone. For the gourmet, the creator and the inventive reader, there is always a margin for creativity. Beyond these few recipes, it is now up to you to try Cobia and praise its many qualities.

  • Chef-Bernard-Guillas

    Chef Bernard Guillas

    Executive Chef, The Marine Room, San Diego, California, USA


    Open Blue’s deep ocean aquaculture is the ultimate sustainable farming method which keeps a balance with the environment and contributes to the well-being of our ecosystem. Searching and sharing information will bring strength and knowledge for generations to come. As chefs and restaurateurs, our duty is to be caretakers of our oceans and educators to our customers. Cobia is a healthy, flavorful and versatile fish which is why it is very popular in my restaurant. It is a delicious way to be hooked on fish.

  • Steve-Phelp

    Steve Phelps

    Owner/ Executive Chef, Indigenous Restaurant, Sarasota Florida, USA


    I’ve been using Open Blue Cobia consistently for two years now at Indigenous. I have the ocean in my backyard, but the ocean is not as reliable as the product that Open Blue always brings me. As a chef I have always been very investigative about farmed fish believed in some and turned off by most. I think this is definitely the future of sea farming that will survive in many environments and continue to allow us to enjoy the ocean’s bounty without threatening other eco systems and fishing communities.

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    Tony Chen

    Owner & executive Chef, Tona Sushi Bar and Grill, Utah, USA


    We are passionate about fish. Here at Tona, we maintain a positive and responsible attitude toward sustainability, in fish and also ingredients we use in our dish. Open Blue Cobia was a nice addition to our menu. Our guests like the fish right from the start. Many enjoy the clean taste of the fish. We like the endless possibility this sashimi graded fish offers. Cobia Orange, light rosemary smoked, citrus soy, orange supreme, fennel, Thai chili and micro green is a new favorite. Grilled Cobia Kama (collar), what better way to enjoy some of the best parts of the fish. Our guests enjoy finding new delights when visiting. Open Blue Cobia is definitely a current star.

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    Kareem Anguin

    Executive Chef, The Oceanaire Seafood Room Miami, Florida USA


    I love using Open Blue Cobia because of the versatility of the fish and because it is a sustainable product – this makes a huge impact on me as a chef.

  • Pedro Masolivier

    Pedro Masoliver

    Cafe Balear, Panama City Panama


    I like to work with Open Blue Cobia because of its versatility and the final result you get. Accepts almost any preparation and is super healthy. We usually offer cobia in several preparations at one time, but our best-selling dish is the cobia Chicharron. It is also easily achieved thanks to the good service provided by us and it arrives very fresh. Its period of conservation is long.

  • Hernan Correa

    Hernan Correa

    Chef & Winner of Top Chef Panama, Riesen, Panama City, Panama


    By being identified with local products. I am excited that our country produces the best fish on the market. It’s texture and versatility for various cooking techniques makes Cobia a product without comparison. Since I have used it in my restaurants, I have been receiving compliments from my diners such as ‘ the best fish I’ve ever tasted.

  • Andy Matsuda

    Andy Matsuda

    Sushi Master, Sushi Chef Institute Los Angeles USA


    Cobia meat is beautiful and white. There is no smell, no color change, and no texture change and is much easier to use than other fish. Thinly sliced cobia is greatly mixed into salads or with tropical fruit as carpaccio, ceviche, poke, etc. The delightful taste will make any fish lover happy. Chefs can create many new and innovative dishes using Open Blue Cobia because of its versatility. It pairs well with a variety of flavors and foods making it a great and easy product to use.

  • Eduardo Tuccillo

    Eduardo Tuccillo

    Executive Chef Twist, LONDON United Kingdom


    I have been using Open Blue Cobia for couples of years now and I am very proud to collaborate with a sustainable aquaculture in the open ocean! It feels so right to see the positive reaction of our guests when we explain the provenience of that unique flavour, the sustainable mariculture system behind it and how revolutionary it is. As a Chef I feel is my responsibility to pass the message to the current and future generations!

    I am so inspired not only by the care Open Blue is showing but also by the versatility of Cobia, I can use it from tail to collar cut with the different profile in taste and texture, making always successful additions to my tapas menu.

    My cooking style pays attention to details. Seasonal, fresh, ethical sourced and high-quality ingredients are balanced together to offer not only a memorable dining experience but also a healthy one! Cobia is naturally high in protein and very rich in Omega 3…the nutritional value is important and makes this fish a winning choice in my restaurant.

  • david bracha

    David Bracha

    Chef/Restauranteur, The River Seafood Oyster Bar Miami USA


    I love Cobia as a fish. It’s such a versatile fish You can cook it, do it raw as sushi and sashimi. I’ve used cobia over the years as wild cobia. Wild cobia is inconsistent, sometimes it is available, sometimes it’s not. Then I was introduced to Open Blue Cobia which is a farm raised product that is very consistent, high in quality. It’s a no-brainer.

  • Cindy Hutson

    Cindy Hutson

    Owner/ Executive Chef, Zest FLORIDA USA


    I have known about Cobia for a long time, I had my Captain’s license when I first moved to Miami and I fished all the time. Cobia was one of the fish that I fished for. When I tasted the fish and I think back now, Open Blue Cobi has a superior flavour to the one I had years ago. It takes well to just about any application or cooking style that I wanted to do with it and it has become one of my most popular fish dishes on my menu.

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