Our Fish Story
We are talking about a marine food fish called the Asian sea bass, also known as barramundi. Our St John’s Sea Bass® represents over 15 years of innovative research. It is naturally-selected through a comprehensive breeding program supported by Singapore Food Agency (“SFA”), National Research Foundation (“NRF”) and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (“TLL”) with high nutritional content and fillet yield.
The Asian sea bass presents a unique and compelling commercial opportunity. First, they are able to live at any level of salinity – from freshwater to full seawater, paving the way for much broader aqua farming potential. Secondly, it has the ability to switch its gender during its lifetime: they mature and breed as male fish, then transforms into female fish that can spawn eggs. Third, in nature, the Asian sea bass is populated across an enormous geographic range, covering North-western India throughout South-East Asia spanning all the way to Papua New Guinea and North Australia. Lastly, it is one of the most popular tropical marine food fishes that are commercially available in this region, yet, has suffered from significant production challenges to-date.
In line with national efforts to increase local seafood production, TLL and SFA embarked on a selection program in 2004 to develop an elite line of naturally selected sea bass that possess increased growth rate, high levels of disease resistance and, great nutritional benefits. Between 2012 and 2017, the NRF supported the basic biology necessary for the success of this project. ‘St John’s Sea Bass®‘, as it is now called, is at its third generation and our proud outcome of this research. It’s viability and potential as a credible aquaculture fish has been tested by a group of local fish farms. The feedback from the farms and results of testing sessions by a selected set of experts has been very positive and encouraging. Several leading restaurants have been serving our St John’s Sea Bass® on a limited and informal basis to great reception, and a scale up of our fish production is currently being planned.
Combined with a commitment towards environmental stewardship and responsible farming, we aim to deliver safe, healthy and superior quality food fish for today and our future generations.