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.