Aquaculture - A Logical Solution: The majority of food consumed around the world today is farm raised. For centuries, agriculture has been the main source of meat, dairy and vegetables in the human diet. Many people don’t realize that fish farming for human consumption has been practiced for centuries as well. Today, Aquaculture is the fastest growing form of food production in the world with nearly half of the seafood on the market being farm raised.
"When executed responsibly, aquaculture is our best chance to supplement depleted wild fisheries and assist in meeting the dietary demands of an ever growing world population". John Schramm – Founder, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.
With over 30 years experience in aquaculture, Tropical’s farms are among the most advanced and established in the industry. View our Corporate Brochure to learn more.
CONSISTENT QUALITY & SUPPLY
Tropical is partnered with 11 tilapia farms that are geographically distributed throughout Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil to ensure quality and continuity of supply. This extensive network combined with five dedicated processing plants, four daily points of entry into the United States and Canada and six distribution centers enables us to successfully avoid interruptions in supply.
Combined, our farms produce roughly 100 million pounds of live fish per year. In order to consistently produce at such capacities a harmonious relationship balance between farm, environment and local community has to be ensured.
UNIQUE FARMING METHODS
Our farmers adhere to the industry's strictest standards and utilize two types of farming techniques: land-based pond systems and ecologically protective cages in artificial reservoirs. Unique to our farming systems, we utilize a mixture of fresh mountain stream and ocean-water, resulting in "brackish" water. This technique contributes to the signature taste of Tropical brand tilapia, best described as succulent and sweet.
The ample size of our ponds allows us to farm at low densities (1 to 1.5 fish per cubic meter). Located in tropical climates, our fish grow in more natural habitats, with the absence of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics during production.
In order to ensure the most efficient use of water and land, we employ poly-culture -- the raising of two species (shrimp and tilapia) in the same pond. These two species are able to co-exist as tilapia naturally live and feed at the surface while shrimp remain on the bottom, allowing for a non-constricted space for each species.