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Open Blue Sea Farms' Panama acquisition creates world’s largest open ocean aquaculture operation

Open Blue Sea Farms, announced an agreement to acquire the major assets of Pristine Oceans, forming the world’s largest open ocean aquaculture operation by year-end
Open Blue Sea Farms' Panama acquisition creates world’s largest open ocean aquaculture operation

September 3, 2009


Open Blue Sea Farms' Panama acquisition creates world’s largest open ocean aquaculture operation

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Open Blue Sea Farms announced an agreement to acquire the major assets of Pristine Oceans, forming the world’s largest open ocean aquaculture operation by year-end.

Open Blue Sea Farms pioneered environmentally sustainable “free-range” open ocean aquaculture that is profitable and scalable. The method results from a decade of research pilot projects in Puerto Rico alongside leading academics. It produces sashimi-quality fish that is high in protein, rich in omega-3s and mercury free.

Since August 1, 2009, Open Blue has managed Pristine. It will consolidate assets into its own ocean sites. Both firms farm cobia in Panama because of the fish’s rapid growth rate, nutrition, rare taste and texture. Of the 43,000 stocked cobia, 10,000 are destined for the gourmet seafood market between December and April. Open Blue seeks an investment of $7M for further growth.

Pristine Oceans S.A. was founded by Panamanian investors with personnel who have built a highly competent ocean farming team and a potentially valuable stock of cobia. Open Blue seeks an investment of $7M for further growth.

Most Pristine Oceans employees have been retained. In their new capacities, Pristine’s President, Jose Raul Arias, and General Manager, Richard Pretto Jr., will keep their titles.

“Our mission is healthy, great tasting seafood and protecting oceans,” said Open Blue CEO Brian O’Hanlon." Joining our vision and expertise with Pristine’s inventory of fish and personnel is a major step.” Open Blue’s free-range fish farming combines the efficiencies of submerged nets with high growth, native fish species to decrease disease risk and cultivate a superior dining product.

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