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 Opens Multi-million-dollar Value-added Processing Facility

Open Blue, the world’s largest open-ocean fish farm, and supplier of Cobia, has opened a multi-million-dollar, value-added production facility enabling at-source portioning and inline freezing at its processing plant in Panama City, Panama. To meet the growing demand for fixed weight and customized portions, Open Blue has expanded its production capabilities to include Marel cutting technology, enabling the high-speed production of fresh and frozen exact weight Cobia portions.

The company has also installed a Praxair cryogenic freezing tunnel that allows for the rapid freezing of portions, fillets, and other products. This technology helps freeze in the freshness, locking in the natural flavor and moisture of this premium Sashimi-grade white fish.

“As a vertically integrated company from egg to plate, we are proud to now be able to offer our retail and foodservice customers the guaranteed product quality of portions processed at the source. Our new frozen products lock in the fresh-caught quality that people love. We believe by investing in our total cold storage chain, including super-freezing at -35°C will help our customers save time, improve inventory management and increase efficiencies.” says Bernie Leger, VP Sales and Marketing, Open Blue.

Open Blue was recently recognized with a national award in Panama for export development, reflecting the growth, expansion, and dynamism of the business. It was also awarded the 2017 Best New Foodservice Product Award at the Seafood Excellence Awards at this year’s Seafood Expo North America. “This is a significant milestone for Open Blue as we go to market with new and innovative products that provide exceptional value to our customers and consumers. This investment broadens our customer reach for 2018 with access to major national accounts in America, Europe, and Asia, and reflects our customer-focused approach,” says Chris Perry, CEO Open Blue.

Open de France de Sushi

Open Blue Cobia proudly sponsors Europe’s Premier Sushi Competition.

Open Blue is honored to be one of the sponsoring companies for a national competition taking place on Monday, October 2, 2017, to find the best sushi chef in France.

Open de France de Sushi is a unique competition that brings together 12 top Sushi chefs from all areas of France to compete in 3 separate events in one day. Hosted by Michelin starred chef Thierry Marx at his culinary school ‘Cuisine Mode d’Emploi’ in Paris, the aim of the competition is to promote the art of Sushi and good practices of raw seafood preparation among professional chefs and the general public. The winner of the competition will receive a grand prize of a trip to Japan.

Open Blue Cobia is a premium, sashimi grade white fish. Vertically integrated from hatchery to its open ocean farm to at-source processing, Open Blue produces a high quality, pure product that is highly rated by sushi chefs and consumers. This competition represents a great opportunity for Open Blue to showcase it is award-winning, Best New Foodservice Product from this year’s Seafood Expo North America, specifically launched for the sushi market.

In recent consumer focus groups, Open Blue’s cobia outperformed other competitive sushi species on taste, appearance, and texture.

Bernard Leger, Executive VP Sales Open Blue, comments, “Our individually frozen sashimi Cobia fillet is ideal for the sushi market. Cobia has a delicate flavor and its firm texture slices easily for sushi and sashimi applications. This gives a significant yield benefit to the Sushi chef as Cobia can typically be sliced in 8-10g slices, generating excellent plate coverage.”

Chef Andy Matsuda, Master Sushi Chef from the Sushi Chef Institute in LA says, “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.”

Bernard concludes, “Open Blue is delighted to sponsor Open de France de Sushi. Traditional French cuisine is rightly revered across the world, but for the younger consumer, sushi is fast becoming seen as a healthy and convenient choice.”


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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