October is National Seafood Month, and one of the ways we are celebrating is with a cookoff! On October 13, Good Catch and sustainable cobia farm Open Blue will host the Cobia Cookoff in Charleston, South Carolina. Four food bloggers chosen as finalists in Open Blue’s recipe contest will be flown to Charleston to compete to win a four-day trip to Panama. The winner and a guest will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to visit Open Blue’s open ocean cobia farm, have dinner with innovative founder Brian O’Hanlon and tour beautiful Panama City.
During the Cobia Cookoff in Charleston, the four finalists will prepare their cobia recipes live for a panel of Good Catch partner chefs, using sustainable Open Blue cobia. Judging the competition are Nate Whiting of 492 King, Bob Waggoner of In the Kitchen with Bob Waggoner, Drew Hedlund of Fleet Landing, Rich Demarse of Charleston Harbor Fish House and Cole Poolaw of Barsa. The winner will be chosen based on their use of this versatile white fish, including their creativity, presentation and crowd appeal. Following the competition, we will host the Awards Reception here at the Aquarium.
The Cobia Cookoff ultimately serves to celebrate and raise awareness about sustainable seafood, a mission of both Good Catch and Open Blue, who is at the forefront of environmentally responsible farming practices.
About Open Blue
Open Blue, located off the coast of Panama, has developed new sustainable aquaculture methods to help foster change in the way the world fishes and eats fish. The company, above all, is interested in preserving the environment and harvesting seafood with minimal negative impacts to the ecosystem. Cobia is new to the aquaculture industry, making Open Blue’s efforts especially groundbreaking, and they have successfully developed an open ocean harvesting method with no traceable effects on the environment. The company is not only passionate about protecting Panama’s beautiful ocean environment, but also gives back to the community. The company provides support and resources to neighboring communities and, to date, has invested over 10 million dollars to the local economy, helping to create jobs.
As pioneers in the sustainable aquaculture industry, Open Blue exemplifies how responsible farming methods can help ensure the future of our oceans and coastal communities.