Gabriela Pedrotti 2020-12-09 10:58:54
Nowadays it is possible to find Cobia in some of the best restaurants in the world. This premium white-meat fish is characterized by its appreciated taste and its culinary versatility; it is the best alternative for a variety of preparations, from sushis and sashimis to a good grilled fish, always maintaining its firm texture. It is also a great source of protein and Omega 3 (almost twice as high as a farmed Atlantic salmon). In Panama, restaurant gems such as Riesen, American Trade Hotel, Maito, Aki Sake Bar, Sal Si Puedes, Canal Bistro, Chin Chin, Café Balear, Restaurante Central, Makoto and Mansa have led the way in introducing this latest alternative to the ever-popular Atlantic salmon or Chilean sea bass.
Cobia is considered to be one of the most suitable candidates for warm, open-water aquaculture in the world. Its rapid growth rate and the high quality of the flesh could make it one of the most important marine fish for future aquaculture production. Currently, the fish is being farmed in offshore grow-out cages in parts of Asia, the United States, Mexico, and here in Panama.
In fact, the largest marine farm in the Western Hemisphere is in Panama, where cobias are raised in an open water environment, far offshore and away from sensitive ecosystems. Located 12 kilometers off the coast in the province of Colon, the water is deep, clean, and pure. The company in charge of this project is Open Blue Panama, a pioneer corporation creating innovative and responsible aquaculture solutions, while respecting the ocean and enriching the quality of life.
The company is also focused on making a difference in the communities where they work and live. For this reason, they are especially proud to support the communities along the Caribbean coast of Panama, home to many of their employees. Sourcing local products, supporting education, establishing scholarships, and building community wells are just some of the ways that Open Blue Panama contributes in these communities.