Forever Oceans Kanpachi makes US restaurant debut

Offshore aquaculture pioneer Forever Oceans is offering its sustainably farmed kanpachi in restaurants on the East and West coasts of the United States.

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
20 October 2022, at 8:42am
seafood dish
Forever Oceans kanpachi has made its debut at Pacific Catch

Fresh Catch with Kanpachi tomato confit style with miso-butter broccolini and crab mashed potatoes © Pacific Catch

Fish raised by deep-water, offshore aquaculture innovator Forever Oceans is now available at restaurants in the US. The placements coincide with the company's first commercial harvests off the West coast of Panama.

"We're thrilled by the reception we've received from chefs and restaurateurs and are so proud to be showcased at a growing number of fantastic restaurants on both coasts," said Forever Oceans CEO, Bill Bien. "We've long known about the versatility and quality of our fish and how it performs both raw and cooked and with a broad range of cuisines and flavours. Seeing how a variety of world-class chefs are now working with Forever Oceans Kanpachi really brings its attributes to life."

In California, Forever Oceans Kanpachi is being featured in several menu items—including sushi tacos and Fresh Catch entrees—at all 13 locations of Pacific Catch, a West Coast fish house that prioritises sustainability and features innovative, bold seafood preparations. The restaurant has a presence in both Southern and Northern California, with locations in Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Diego among others.

kanpachi fillet
Kanpachi fillet

Kanpachi is very rich in fat content, has a high in protein yield and omaga-3 levels comparable to salmon and tuna © Forever Oceans

"We are excited to partner with Forever Oceans to bring their delicious ethically raised, sustainable fish to our guests," said Tom Hanson, COO and President of Pacific Catch. "This partnership highlights Pacific Catch's commitment to working with best and most ethical seafood suppliers to ensure our Guests can feel great about their choice to dine with us."

On the East coast, Forever Oceans is working distribution partner ProFish and quickly gaining menu placements among notable restaurants throughout the greater Washington DC region. Forever Oceans Kanpachi can now be found at the one-Michelin-star restaurant Gravitas and the 14th Street, modern Mexican hot spot, Maiz64, owned by Oaxacan-born chef Alam Mendez.

"The people at Forever Oceans have put forth a fantastic product that is delicious to eat, has a great presentation, and is healthy for both the consumer and the environment," said V Glenn Casten III, a fishmonger at Washington DC-based ProFish, one of the distributors that committed early to purchasing fish from Forever Oceans' first harvests. "We at ProFish are excited to partner with Forever Oceans in bringing their Kanpachi to the discerning clients we serve. The reception so far has been very enthusiastic."

offshore aquaculture enclosure and feed barge
Offshore aquaculture enclosure and feed barge

Forever Oceans expects to harvest at least 2,500 tonnes of kanpachi this year © Forever Oceans

In Virginia, Forever Oceans Kanpachi is being menued at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, PassionFish in Reston and Claire's at the Depot in Warrenton. Denim & Pearls, a Modern-American restaurant also located in Warrenton, has been offering Forever Oceans Kanpachi as a special and plans to make the fish a permanent menu offering in the spring.

"Their fish is some of the best we've ever had," said Denim & Pearls chef Woody Isaac. "And in addition to the quality, knowing that it's sustainably raised makes an impact with our team and customers. What Forever Oceans is doing gives a glimpse into the future of abundant, sustainable seafood."

Forever Oceans is the first company to execute commercial deep-water, offshore aquaculture by applying a suite of cutting-edge technologies to its operations. Through the use of patented single point mooring, satellite-controlled robotics and AI-driven sensors and cameras, the company raises fish in deep, clean ocean water, which has less of an impact on the environment and produces fish of premium quality.

"People are starting to realise what a central role healthy, sustainable seafood needs to play in meeting the world's growing demand for protein in the coming decades," added Bien. "The enthusiastic reception we've received from restaurants so far has shown there's a real appetite for what we're offering."