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Oceanpick - First marine fish farm in Sri Lanka

What We Do
Oceanpick Introduction

Oceanpick is Sri Lanka’s first ever oceanic farm for finfish. It focuses on responsible farming that is highly sustainable, to produce high quality seafood without compromising on taste or natural nutrients. It eliminates the pressure on wild stocks in and around the marine waters of the island, while changing and revolutionizing the way Sri Lanka sources its fish.

What is Barramundi ?

Barramundi Fish

Oceanpick’s first choice of species is Barramundi or Asian Sea Bass, locally referred to as Modha. The native species of Barramundi is widely distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region from the Persian Gulf, through Southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia.

Facts :
  • Calories: 108
  • Fat Calories: 8
  • Total Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 45 mg
  • Sodium: N/A
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Omega 3: 0.6 g
Latest News

Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 354 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-05-03 04:53:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-03 04:53:26 [post_content] =>   By Devin Jayasundera Oceanpick, Sri Lanka’s only off-shore aquaculture company launched ‘Round Island,’ its unique oceanic fish farming brand to mark its fully-fledged commercial entry to the local and international markets. The company is Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s first to implement commercial scale oceanic farming of finfish. Oceanpick Founder/Director Irfan Thassim launched the company in 2012 with an initial investment of $ 4 million. The company which specialises in barramundi juveniles has been supplying to leading restaurants and hotels in Colombo. The newly unveiled Round Island brand will be introduced first time to the mass market and is expected to reach major retail chains in the next two months. “Oceanpick’s fish are harvested on demand. The fish would be ready to be served in any hotel or restaurant within 48-72 hours after it is being taken out from the sea in Trincomalee,” claimed Thassim. “This would also eliminate the need for refrigeration which diminishes the quality of the product and will ensure the world class quality that we promise,” he added. Oceanpick’s partnership with Kames Fish Farming of Scotland strictly ensures that it self-regulates itself and serves as a benchmark in the industry. A representative of Kames Fish Farming of Scotland pointed out: “Scotland has the strictest environment laws controlling fish farming than any country in the world. We really are tightly controlled and what we have done in terms of helping Oceanpick is to guarantee that the same standards are applied to ensure the highest quality and the sustainability of its environment.”   5   The BOI-approved company is pioneering Sri Lanka’s efforts in aquaculture using off-shore farming, where the farms are established in the ocean. Off-shore farming also known as oceanic farming is an emerging aquaculture method that has the advantage of higher scalability and better water circulation than inshore farms, which enables the fish to have a superior survival rate and faster growth. The company intends to double its capacity to 1,000MT during this year and to widen its portfolio to several other species in the future. Sri Lanka’s aquaculture contributed only a meagre 2% of the total fish production in 2015, according to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. This figure is dwarfed when compared to the global aquaculture production which contributes to almost 50% of the total fish produce in the world. The Food and Agricultural organisation projects the global aquaculture production to increase up to 62% in 2030. Speaking at the event, Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim hailed Oceanpick’s venture in to the aquaculture industry as a much needed step in the country’s economic development program. “This is a pioneer status business. In another country a person who would have achieved this status would be supported fully by the government. They would be strengthened and supported by providing incentives such as free land and other benefits.” With regard to the dismal status of Sri Lanka’s aquaculture, the Minister proclaimed that the local fishing industry was still in the Stone Age. “There’s plenty of fish to be farmed in the surrounding seas, it is imperative that we develop this venture to ensure the sustainability of the fishing industry in the country.” To avoid Sri Lanka’s further regression from rapid industrialisation the Minister stressed on the much-needed “technological leap” the country has to make. “Now as we are a middle income country, we cannot rest on our laurels and depend on manufacturing garments till the next decade. We need to transform our industries and businesses by importing technology and learning the technical know-how.” Minster of Primary industries Daya Gamage who was also present at the event emphasised the importance of creating value addition in both agriculture and the fisheries industry. He pointed out that one reason that foreign investors are not attracted to these industries is because the national output is too low for a healthy return on investment. He further exemplified this by highlighting the yield of fish caught from the majority of the small boats in Sri Lanka is far lower when compared to the high tech shipping equipment of other countries. The Minister also proclaimed that the Ministry of Primary Industries has set a target to increase the amount of fish exports to $ 2.5 billion by 2020. Pix by Daminda Harsha Perera [post_title] => Oceanpick to revitalise Sri Lanka’s aquaculture sector [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => oceanpick-to-revitalise-sri-lankas-aquaculture-sector [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-03 05:09:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-03 05:09:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 344 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2016-05-03 03:29:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-05-03 03:29:08 [post_content] =>  1   MAY 02 2016 Diresh Jayasuriya in Trincomalee Oceanpick (Pvt) Ltd unveiled ‘Round Island’, its oceanic fish farming brand in Sri Lanka on April 25, 2016 at Eagles’ Golf Links, China Bay, Trincomalee, marking the island’s bold entry into aquaculture farming in the open seas. Founder/Director of Oceanpick, Irfan Thassim, said, “We started fish farming business in Sri Lanka in 2014 and we have invested US$ 4.5 million for this project. We are going to expand this project further in Trincomalee and looking to expand in other suitable areas in the country. In near future we are going to invest more on fish farming.”“At the moment we are exporting Barramundi fish to US, Russia and Australia. Currently we have the production capacity of 400 MT and we are going to increase the production capacity up to 1,000 MT in 2018,” he said. “Oceanpick has created history by launching the sea cages into the ocean. Oceanpick is Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s first ever commercial scale oceanic farm for finfish. Our objective with this venture is not merely to make supreme quality seafood available to consumers, but also to raise Sri Lanka’s fishery industry to new heights of sustainability by reducing reliance on dwindling natural marine resources. We focus on responsible farming that is highly sustainable, to produce high quality seafood without compromising on taste,” he said. Public Enterprise Development Minister, Kabir Hashim said, “We are looking at new industries in this country and this fish farming project is one of them. With the EU ban lifted, there was a proposal being done recently and this is the correct time we should move forward.” 2 Oceanpick’s General Manager, Operations, Fazli Nayeem, said, “Sri Lanka has abundant potential to be a major player in global seafood production with the launch of this ocean fish farming and Oceanpick’s cage system is Sri Lanka’s first such facility. Our venture in ocean fish farming is a revolution in Sri Lanka’s fishery industry.” Launched in 2012, in partnership with Kames Fish Farming of Scotland, Oceanpick stocked the sea cages with barramundi juveniles in 2014. The initial batch was introduced into a pen, kicking off Sri Lanka’s accessibility to premium quality, responsibly-farmed marine fish, with the first harvest scheduled for 2016. Oceanpick’s first choice species is Barramundi or Asian Sea Bass, locally referred to as Modha. Of the many farms around the world, only handful farm Barramundi in open pristine seas and Oceanpick now takes Sri Lanka into this elite league of premium Barramundi. The company also delivers product to the Colombo, South and Central hills and to a host of customers overseas. The event was also graced by Daya Gamage, Minister of Primary Industries.   [post_title] => Oceanpick’s first batch of fledgling fish for aquaculture brings hope for SL’s fisheries sector [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => oceanpicks-first-batch-of-fledgling-fish-for-aquaculture-brings-hope-for-sls-fisheries-sector [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-05-03 03:38:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-05-03 03:38:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )

Oceanpick to revitalise Sri Lanka’s aquaculture sector
Published : 4:53 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Oceanpick’s first batch of fledgling fish for aquaculture brings hope for SL’s fisheries sector
Published : 3:29 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016