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Open Blue

HEALTHY OCEANS
& HEALTHY FISH
:
A BETTER WAY TO
FEED THE PLANET.

For over a decade, Open Blue has been systematically revolutionizing the fish farming industry by moving it into the open ocean, far away from sensitive near shore ecosystems, and raising a native fish in its warm-water habitat. We are global leaders in deep sea mariculture, and are known for our pioneering research and game-changing technologies, developed in collaboration with the world’s leading scientific laboratories and universities. We’re driven by a desire to find a better way to feed the planet, and by our core belief that when we look after the health of the ocean and our fish, we provide better food for humans. Read the 2016 Sustainability Report.

We see a future where native fish are grown in open ocean areas across the globe, feeding our planet’s growing population – especially in warm climate areas where populations are increasing at the fastest rate. And that’s not the only challenge we are helping to mitigate: our carbon footprint is considerably smaller than land-based agriculture. Read the 2016 Sustainability Report

Open Blue is guided by three sustainability goals:

Environmental Care:

Growing our fish in harmony with the ocean

We believe the future of sustainable aquaculture is in the open ocean – far offshore from sensitive ecosystems. Our native, warm-water Cobia fish are raised eight miles off the Caribbean coastline in stress-free, low-density, fully submerged pens, and swim in high-energy currents – never seeing the same water twice.

Full Accountability:

Measuring and managing our progress

We exceed the highest standards in the mariculture industry, and comply with all regulations and third-party certifications. Every day we look for more ocean-friendly, fish-friendly and human-friendly ways to do business. Our commitment to structured, continuous improvement keeps us at the forefront of our industry.

Social Responsibility:

Caring for our people, customers and communities

We are proud to produce a pure, healthy, great tasting white fish – super high in Omega-3s and free of contaminants, hormones, colorants and pesticides. We are equally proud of our positive workplace culture and community scholarship and betterment projects in the communities where we operate.

Since 2014, Open Blue has achieved the following recognized certifications

Open Blue Certifications

Abed Camarena

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Abed’s role is environmental affairs officer. In this capacity he works to identify areas of opportunity for Open Blue to exceed legal requirements for world class environmental management. One area of emerging interest in panama is recycling. As options began to open up for collection of recyclables, Abed took a special interest in supporting the company to adopt a company wide four site plan to manage recycling activities. The recycling centre in Ciudad del Saber is the drop off point for cardboard, plastics, paper, cans and glass. Abed worked with all members of the Open Blue team to install recycling containers, set up and initiated a schedule of pick up and delivery and continuous improvement of the program. Plans for the future include quantifying the amount of recycled material and working with Ciudad del Saber to celebrate National Recycling Day in Panama May 17, 2017.

Carolle Rohim

Certification Manager

Going from one standard -Global Gap achieved in 2014, Carolle has worked with the Open Blue team to achieve five standards across the company, with more on the radar moving forward. Achieving standards is an important benchmark for Open Blue to demonstrate through third-party audits that we are meeting or exceeding standards of excellence which are then objectively assessed. Carolle started with Open Blue as a Quality manager at the processing facility. Using the excellent practices she put in place there, she joined the Office of Sustainability in 2016 and moved forward to train and develop internal audit teams throughout the company. Building good auditor relationships is also a key success factor and Carolle has handled that role with diplomacy and skill.

Javier Visuetti

Community and Government Relations Manager

Trained as a microbiologist Javier began his career in aquaculture working in the shrimp business. Javier graduated from the University of Panama with a degree in Microbiology and Parasitology. He has worked for twenty years in aquaculture in fin fish and shellfish and joined Open Blue in 2009 managing the company’s hatchery and spent time working with the production team offshore. Javier brings a strong social commitment to the communities where Open Blue works and leads a focused team to ensure overall regulatory compliance and strong community partnerships especially in the Costa Arriba region.