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. It has a mild buttery flavour and is white and flaky when cooked, and is rich in Omega 3. The name Barramundi comes from the Australian Aboriginal language, while Asian Sea Bass is broadly used in the international market. Barramundi is a popular aquaculture species and is farmed in Australia, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Israel, Thailand, the United States and now in Sri Lanka by Oceanpick.
Barramundi is an iconic or rather a quintessential culinary delight in Australia. Its demand is extremely popular and exceeds Australian production, leaving the excess to be imported. It is also popular in Thai and Goan cuisine. Its versatile and eco-friendly reputation has made it a sought-after fish type in the seafood market and its taste has made it a favourite among chefs and foodies. Farming of Barramundi started in Thailand in the 1970s and spread throughout Southeast Asia.