Our Commitment

Sustainable & Responsible

Over the next 50 years, the world is going to need more food than has been produced in the past 10,000 years.

Experts say over 50% of the world’s wild caught fisheries are fully exploited and that if we carry on fishing at our current pace we will run out of fish by 2048. It’s a staggering challenge and fish farming is critical to meeting this demand.

Aquaculture represents the best way to feed the planet now and into the future. Already half the fish we eat is farmed, but fish farming needs to be undertaken in a sustainable way to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding environment. At Open Blue, we strive to raise the healthiest fish in a responsible and sustainable way. Learn more about our process by viewing our sustainability report.

Preserving the Oceans

At Open Blue, sustainability is woven into every aspect of our operations. By moving far away from crowded coastal waters and sensitive ecosystems into the open ocean, we operate in harmony with our natural surroundings. In fact, we’ve chosen sites that don’t displace other marine life. Keeping our water pure and pristine is key to what we do.

We protect the waters where we raise our fish.

Open Blue has created and manages a protected “no take” zone of 2500 acres of water concessions where only artisanal fishing is permitted and no commercial fishing is allowed.

We constantly monitor the water quality and the sea bottom at our farm location to ensure that everything we do is ocean-friendly. Supported by independent monitoring, we are proud to say from there has been no traceable impact to the marine environment around us.

Our goal is to continually improve and evolve so that we can protect the ocean for generations to come. To this end, we collaborate with leading scientific laboratories and research institutions such as the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

Healthy Oceans & Healthy Fish
A better way to feed the planet

Community Impact

We are committed to enriching the lives and improving the infrastructure of our people.

Open Blue is the largest employer in the region, generating significant economic activity. We take our business responsibility seriously and are especially proud to support our communities on the Caribbean coast of Panama where many of our local employees live.

We’re highly focused on the lives of our staff and are determined to support the people we employ. We contribute to the local economy in many ways – most significantly through employment and the purchasing of goods and supplies. In 2016, over 850 Panamanian companies provided us with a range of goods and services.

Education and health are our main priorities. Each year we fund 48 scholarships and assist with bus maintenance to ensure students have access to schooling. We plan to extend our scholarship program to the secondary and university levels.

Our dedication to building strong communities involves buying locally, improving infrastructure, reaching out and supporting education. To give you a concrete idea of the range of our activity, we support:

By looking after the oceans, our fish, and our people,
We are making a difference.

Certifications

Open Blue is a company that takes its commitment to sustainability seriously.

But don’t just take our word for it.

We also seek to achieve independent certification of our operations. By looking out for seafood with ‘eco-labels’ you can check whether your fish was produced in a way that is food-safe and by a company who cares about fish welfare and respecting and protecting the environment.

We are proud to have achieved several key standards in 2017 for Global Gap, Three Star Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP), British Retail Consortium (BRC), ISO 9001 (2015) and Friend of the Sea. Open Blue Cobia is also Kosher and Halal certified. These world-class certifications demonstrate our commitment to achieving the highest standards for sustainable farming practices and food safety excellence.

At part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have recently been audited by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).The ASC standards (established in 2010 by the World Wildlife Fund) distinguish farms that care for the environment, their workers and the communities in which they operate, helping consumers to make informed choices around seafood and species.

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