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Round Island Barramundi

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Barramundi, Asian Seabass, Modha?

The island nation of Sri Lanka grows a fish known locally as “Modha” or Asian Seabass. We know it as Round Island Barramundi. What makes Round Island the best choice, offshore aquaculture. Offshore farming is a more natural approach to fish farming as all of the environmental requirements of the fish such as salinity, temperature, oxygen and currents are as nature would have them, in comparison to land-based pond and RAS systems. Offshore aquaculture products are increasing in demand as they are known for their superior flavor and texture. The experience of a soft, flaky, warm and moist sea grown fish that melts in your mouth is a culinary delight. There are no limits to what you can do in the art of cooking Barramundi.


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It Takes a Visionary

Oceanpick is the producer of Round Island Barramundi. It is Sri Lanka’s first ever offshore oceanic farm for finfish, rearing in the pure waters off the north east shores offering the perfect natural environment. Focusing on “responsible farming” that is highly sustainable, producing high quality seafood packed with taste and goodness offering food security in traceability throughout the supply chain. It alleviates the pressure on native wild stocks, in and around the marine waters of the island, while changing the way Sri Lanka sources its fish. Round Island Barramundi is the result of a concept formulated in late 2011. The idea of oceanic fish farming stemmed from the founder, Irfan Thassim, desire to better utilize the abundant seas around Sri Lanka. Nearly 1,400km of coastline surrounds the island, creating an ideal resource pool for fish farming. Irfan explored the European continent to find inspiration, learn and understand the fish farming industry. Oceanpick is partnered by a Scottish farming company that pioneered oceanic farming in the North Atlantic some 40 years ago, producing salmon, rainbow trout and halibut. pioneered Sri Lanka’s entry into marine aquaculture, and today it is a project progressing rapidly towards a new dimension of sustainable fishery.

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Culturing fish in offshore cages began in Japan in the 1970s. Ocenapick adapted the most celebrated methods of European fish farming into their farming in Sri Lanka. The deep waters and strong currents that encompass Round Island offer a natural environment following the natural biology of the fish. Oceanpick takes charge of the entire cold chain process in order to safeguard the quality of the fish produced from nursery to on growing to harvesting to delivery at peak freshness to customers

Pack Information

Fillets: 7-9, 10-14 oz; skin on, scaled, pbo. (skinless and portioned available upon request)
10 lb Styro box with gel ice
7-9 oz (17-22) pieces, 10-14 oz (11-16) pieces
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A Delicious Alternative

Barramundi is a flaky mild white fleshed fish that holds its own with other premium farmed fish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

All the way from Northern Australia through the Far East right down to South Asia, where Sri Lanka is nestled.

Their farming practices are all natural. They feed their fish specially formulated diets made up of fish meal and fish oil as barramundi are carnivorous and require a fishmeal based diet to perform at its best.
Their fish spend over a year in the cages. So, no speedy process other than what their biological make up would allow.
Sri Lanka's stringent certification protocols require regularly testing by third party laboratories. These routine test results are an affirmation that Oceanpick barramundi are free of mercury or any other undesirable toxins.
Mercury in particular is an issue in wild caught predatory fish and has to be off the diet for many consumers. Oceanpick Barramundi is super alternative.

Oceanpick pioneers South Asia’s open ocean aquaculture industry, it is a role they have taken very seriously. The industry that follows, would need a benchmark to establish and follow, that responsibility has fallen upon them.
Farming a species native to Sri Lanka eliminates environmental concerns of non-native (invasive) species that are a great risk. This is an ongoing issue for fish farms in locations where the species are not native.
Oceanpick ensures sufficient flow rates and depth beneath its net pens to disperse organic matter, thus minimizing its impact on the environment. Use of the highest quality diet is efficiently assimilated by the fish to reduce any fecal matter.
Routine benthic assessments are part of Oceanpick’s protocols. Careful analysis of the sea bed by comparing it to sites where no fish farming is present allows for environmental comparisons to be made.
Sites can be fallowed (cease farming in that area) to allow substrate to regenerate back to its previous state if necessary.