Vol. 6, No. 7: September 2015  
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Experience the Unparalleled Taste of Cobia

At Tropical, we are honored to be the exclusive suppliers of fresh Ecuadorian Cobia to the U.S. and support the sustainable cultivation of aquatic products. This fall, get ready to taste a fish with incredible culinary qualities and extraordinary taste profile!

Ocean Farm S.A. Cobia cultivation is the first mariculture project in Ecuadorian waters and is integrated from hatchery to processing. After seven years of planning and identifying the ideal environment for rearing Cobia, and with the support of the Ecuadorian government, Ocean Farm embarked on their first large scale production in April of this year. 

Six-months after stocking the first Cobia open ocean cages in Ecuadorian waters; we're very excited to announce that the first shipments of fresh Cobia are due to commence by mid-September. 

Ocean Farm's beachfront hatchery benefits from the continuous flow of pure ocean water. The farm consist of 3 low-density open ocean net pens situated 9 miles off the Ecuadorian coast in a a site chosen for its optimal currents and depths that allow for constant water exchange. 

The cages are carefully constructed to prevent escapes and deter predators. The outermost cage-net is made of high-strength steel wire protected with a coating of high-density polyethylene. 

Ocean Farm does not treat the nets with copper, which is a method commonly used to deter algae growth. Their state-of-the-art cleaning methods provide better growing conditions for fish, it is environmentally friendly (eliminating the need for treating nets with antifouling) and provides cleaners cages. 

To ensure that each and every fish receives the nutrients it needs to develop into a healthy and tasty Cobia; our fish are hand fed on a daily basis. The formulated feed is sourced from sustainable local sources and contains fishmeal, soy meal, corn meal, vitamins and minerals. 

Upon harvest, Cobia is immediately transported live to shore, to the OceanFish S.A. processing plant, located near the port of Manta, Ecuador. Upon arrival, OceanFish processes, packs and dispatches the fish, all within 12 hours of harvest. The processing plant carries BRC certification and is fully HACCP compliant. 

Meanwhile, here at Tropical, we are very excited to team up with Ocean Farm S.A. and are honored to be the first suppliers of Fresh Ecuadorian Cobia from Ecuador's first mariculture farm! 

As with the rest of our products, we are committed to effectively distribute fresh Cobia and ensure year-round continuity of quality and supply. Our imports of Fresh Cobia will arrive directly from Ecuador to Miami, New York and Los Angeles airports. 

Fresh Cobia from Ocean Farm is all natural, free of hormones, colorants, pesticides, antibiotics and other harmful contaminants. 

Cobia is a whitefish characterized by its clean, sweet, buttery flavor and a texture that remains moist and firm when cooked. The delicate flavor and culinary versatility of our fresh 5-10 oz. Cobia fillets will make it a perfect retail item for cook-at-home seafood consumers and the perfect gourmet choice for chefs and dine-out consumers! 

Cobia not only has a number of culinary capabilities; its nutritional value and unparalleled taste will make fresh Ecuadorian Cobia a great addition to your seafood case and a family favorite!

Fresh Cobia fillets will be available for the U.S. market as
5-10 oz. fillets, pin-bone out, skinless or skin-on.  
Shipped in 10 Lbs. cases. 

Want to have a taste of this spectacular fish? 

Call your sales representative for product details and pricing!
(800) 277-3459
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Q: What's the ideal environment for a Cobia?
 A: Cobia are native to tropical and subtropical warm temperate waters around the world. In North America, they're typically found from the Carolinas to the Gulf of Mexico. Cobia are pelagic - they naturally tend to live near the surface of water columns. They prefer to live near any structure in the water, allowing them to adapt well to life in large open ocean pens.  
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Cobia with Lemon Caper Sauce 

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Looking for a nutritious and easy-to-make supper idea? This tasty cobia recipe takes only a handful of ingredients (most of them found in your pantry) and is ready in 25-minutes! 
Click here for the recipe.  
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A couple of team members are celebrating anniversaries at the Tropical office this month. 
For the past 7 years, Shari Williams has worked as a Staff Accountant and has ensured that payments and invoices are accurate.
Next time you call the office, be sure to congratulate  Victoria Martinez, as she is reaching her 3rd year talking to our customers as a Customer Service Representative. Congratulations to both! 
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