Here at Browne Trading Company, we are committed to the purchase and supply of responsibly-sourced seafood. Our goal is to be at the forefront of sustainably sourced seafood in the US. This is why, back in 2011, we chose to become the exclusive US provider for Veta la Palma.
If you are not familiar with Veta la Palma then I would strongly encourage you to watch nationally acclaimed and award winning chef Dan Barber’s Ted Talk, ‘How I fell in love with a Fish’. In this talk, he emphasizes the importance of sustainability in seafood and highlights Veta la Palma as one of the global leaders of the sustainable movement.
We are consistently scouring the market for the best quality seafood, farmed or caught with the most sustainable methods possible. When we came across Baja Seas we were intrigued and knew we had to learn more about what they were doing. After learning about their commitment to sustainability and pristine quality we knew they were a provider we could do business with.
Who is Baja Seas?
Baja Seas was founded in 2012 with the aim of becoming known as a global leader in marine culture and sustainable farming practices. They began their venture by firstly conducting a detailed evaluation of the current state of aquaculture in North America. After a comprehensive market study, they were able to identify the best locations to establish a high-value marine finfish farm startup in the pristine waters of the Baja peninsula.
Baja Seas now boasts a 26,909 square foot sustainable state of the art hatchery facility found south of Ensenada, in the Baja peninsula. By acquiring technology from around the world they were able to build the first commercial Baja Yellowtail RAS (Recirculating Aquaculture System) hatchery in North America.
How is Baja Seas Hiramasa Sustainable?
With their entire operation based in Baja California, Mexico, Baja Seas is able to ensure a fully traceable egg-to-plate product for consumers. Their advanced broodstock management program begins in their state-of-the-art, 26,909 square foot hatchery, Ocean Bay Labs. These labs are capable of creating 2 million underlings per year. Juvenile Hiramasa then grows to market size in their open ocean pens located in Magdalena Bay, a pristine body of water known for its marine life diversity and perfect conditions for yellowtail.
Their first generation of Baja Seas Hiramasa originated from fingerlings provided by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. They are now producing their own fingerlings, making Baja Seas the only complete cycle yellowtail operation in the Western Hemisphere.
Operating under strict biosecurity controls, Baja Seas’ entire production is underscored by responsible technology. For example, it uses Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) to create a small water footprint by cutting pollution and disease. Fish are fed sustainably-sourced protein and omega-rich meal derived from sardines in a low Fish-In Fish-Out (FIFO) ratio. The fish are raised without antibiotics or paraciticide and semi-automated feeders and feed cameras prevent overfeeding.
Why not give it a try!
We are not currently stocking the Baja Seas Hiramasa.
If you do try our new Hiramasa we would love to hear what you think about it.
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