Raising the bar with barramundi in Sri Lanka

Oceanpick harvesting

Source: Oceanpick

Oceanpick – the country’s first oceanic fish farm – offers a tantalising glimpse into the importance and value of barramundi farming

Over the past century, seafood consumption has grown significantly, and the vast majority of us are thinking differently about how we use natural resources like the ocean. As we reach ever closer to a tipping point, sustainability has become a more prominent topic in conversations, not only with consumers but also among industry, including aquaculture.

In 2012, Irfan Thassim, Founder and Director of barramundi farm Oceanpick, realised that change was needed, with more than 90% of Sri Lanka’s fish coming from wild capture with many stocks at risk of depletion. With a vision of establishing the first oceanic farm in Sri Lanka, Thassim turned to Kames Fish Farming Ltd in Scotland for help. The result was Oceanpick, Sri Lanka’s first and only commercial producer of barramundi (Lates calcarifer), a versatile and highly sought-after species that is known for its delicate flavour, firm texture and excellent nutritional profile.

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