Great start to 2018! Open Blue becomes first cobia company in world to achieve ASC certification

Open Blue is pleased to announce that following a successful audit in September 2017 by SCS Global Services, they have achieved Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This is a major accomplishment for Open Blue as they become the first cobia company in the world to achieve this responsibly farmed standard.

As the world population grows so does the demand for fish as a healthy source of protein, low in fat and nutritionally rich. With depleted wild stocks, more than half of the demand for fish consumed globally is now supplied by aquaculture according to the FAO. In alignment with the ASC mission to transform aquaculture, Open Blue is committed to responsible farming practices to meet the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility.

Guy Pizzuti, Seafood Director of Publix Super Markets, Inc. says, “As we move forward with aquaculture as the future of seafood, promoting the sustainability of aquaculture is a critical component to gaining customer acceptance.  Publix applauds and congratulates Open Blue for achieving ASC certification and leading the way in sustainable aquaculture.  We look forward to continuing our work with Open Blue.”

“I would like to congratulate Open Blue on their achievement to become the first cobia farm certified against the ASC standard. Welcoming the first cobia producer to our programme marks an important milestone for the ASC,” said Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO. Open Blue’s certification shows leadership in responsible aquaculture and sets an example for cobia farmers around the world on how to care for the environment, workers and local communities.”

“Achieving these key certifications marks a major milestone for us and for our customers for 2018,” said Chris Perry CEO of Open Blue.  “Our innovative approach is to raise and harvest fish miles offshore in their natural ocean habitat in a responsible and sustainable way that honors and protects our sensitive ocean ecosystems and respects the workers and the communities around us.”

Open Blue has achieved several key standards successfully completing audits for Global Gap, Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), British Retail Consortium (BRC), ISO 9001 (2015) and Friend of the Sea in 2016.

About The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC):

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council is an independent, international non-profit organization that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture.For more information about ASC cobia standard check here:

About SCS Global Services (SCS):

SCS is a global leader in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development.SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.For more information on ASC certification visit here:


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.


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


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.”

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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.


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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