Open Blue Cobia launches in Colorado

Published on 07/27/2016

-Versatile Panamanian White Fish Debuts at Chef Soiree –

Denver, CO (July 25, 2016) – Open Blue, the largest deep-water, open-ocean fish farm in the world and the largest supplier of Cobia, celebrated its Colorado launch with a chef-studded soiree at Beast + Bottle on July 20th. Guest of honor Governor John Hickenlooper attended the event along with a select group of Denver’s most talented chefs including Root Down’s Daniel Asher and Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision just to name a few.

Guests enjoyed a variety of Cobia delicacies prepared by Beast + Bottle Executive Chef Paul Reilly including Open Blue Cobia Ceviche, Cobia Unagi with Cobia Skin Chichorones, Smoked Cobia Rillette, Cobia Tonato, Crispy Cobia Collar with Fish Sauce Carmel, Pickled Beet and Cobia Salad, and Cobia Involtini.

“What I love about the product is the versatility,” said Executive Chef Reilly. “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.”

Open Blue has revolutionized fish farming by moving offshore to carefully cultivate Cobia in the deep, pristine ocean waters of the Caribbean Sea near Panama. Pure, healthy and safe – free of contaminants, hormones, and colorants, Open Blue Cobia is beloved by chefs for its versatility. The fish is raised far offshore away from sensitive ecosystems, where they have plenty of room to grow in large, stress-free, deep-water enclosures that mimic their natural environment. This results in a healthy fish that is naturally high in protein and very rich in Omega-3 (DHA & EPA), with levels almost twice as high as farmed Atlantic salmon.

“Open Blue’s philosophy is that a healthy and sustainable environment means healthy and sustainable fish,” said Brian O’Hanlon, a third generation fish farmer and Open Blue Founder. “We are committed to nourishing current and future generations in harmony with the ocean. Everything we do is with deep reverence for the intrinsically connected ecosystem of fish, oceans, and people.”

O’Hanlon said of the Colorado market launch: “We think there is something truly special about the Denver area that is uniquely aligned with what Open Blue is all about. Colorado is an innovative and environmentally responsible state with a diverse population and booming culinary scene. On an exchange visit to Panama back in 2013, Governor Hickenlooper had the opportunity to tour Open Blue’s facilities and see some of the pioneering work the company is doing firsthand, which was truly an honor.”

To effectively convey the significance of its industry-changing paradigm, Open Blue recently created a 360-degree, virtual reality piece that transports viewers directly to its deep, underwater pens. Utilizing VR headsets and 360 video technology, customers can swim with thousands of Open Blue Cobia in the clear, beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea.

“Our open ocean mariculture system is so unique that one truly has to see it to fully appreciate it,” continued O’Hanlon. “Chefs are busy people who can rarely take time off to visit farms in other continents, so we created a way to take the farms to them.” The Open Blue experience can be downloaded via Open Blue’s app ( and viewed in 360° on a smart phone or with a cardboard viewer.

Open Blue recognizes a consumer trend toward responsibly sourced quality fish and embracing sustainability at every level. With a current worldwide population exceeding seven billion people – estimates for 2015 push that number to nine billion – effectively sourcing quality fish is an important part of the international discussion on sustainability.

Important seafood statistics:

  • In the next 40 years, we will need more food than the last 10,000 years combined.
  • Based on population growth and rising per capita income/consumption global seafood
  • demand is expected to reach 261 million metric tons by 2030. Wild capture fisheries will
  • remain flat at around 88 million metric tons a year.
  • Aquaculture will continue to grow from 59 million metric tons in 2010 to 123 million metric tons in 2030.
  • This leaves a 51 million metric ton gap between seafood supply and demand.

Open Blue’s distribution partner in Denver is Seattle Fish Co. Open Blue Cobia is currently available in Tony’s Markets and area restaurants including Mercantile Dining and Provision, Bittersweet and Coperta in Denver, Centro Latin Kitchen in Boulder and Eolus in Durango.

More About Open Blue:

Open Blue, the largest deep-water, open-ocean farm in the world and the single largest supplier of premium, sustainable Cobia to the U.S., is a pioneer and leader in deep water open-ocean raised fish. The culmination of a decade of cutting-edge, investigative research in collaboration with the world’s leading scientific laboratories and universities on deep ocean aquaculture, Open Blue’s cobia are carefully cultivated in the pristine ocean waters of the Caribbean Sea twelve kilometers off the coast of Panama, far offshore and away from sensitive ecosystems. Open Blue’s waters are deep — 65 to 70 meters — clean and pure. Its fish are raised in low- density, fully submerged pens, swim in high-energy currents and never see the same water twice. This approach means a natural growing environment for Open Blue’s fish and no significant impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Based in Panama City and with offices in Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Nova Scotia and throughout Europe, Open Blue is dedicated to making a difference in the communities within which it works. The company sources local products, supports education through scholarships and builds community wells.

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