Our farming friends at Rainforest Tilapia in Costa Rica have an amazing story and high-quality tilapia that Northeast Seafood has been distributing for over 15 years.  The quality of the product has always been great, but the consumer confidence has diminished due to generalized negative publicity about Tilapia.  We are going to reveal the facts about this healthy, sustainable, and easy to prepare seafood.

Tilapia is a perfect fish to farm.  They grow fast, eat plants, and can survive in most conditions.

  • Tilapia grow to market size quickly, about 8 months, making for an inexpensive seafood protein that can meet the growing consumer demand.
  • Tilapia thrive on a diet of plants. This is important because most other farmed fish need a percentage of fish protein to survive.  Harvesting seafood from wild oceans to feed farmed fish is not sustainable.  Fish farming is intended to lessen the stress on our wild ocean resources.  Tilapia is a fish protein with healthy Omega 3, no trans fats, and a sustainable model for protecting wild fish stocks.
  • Tilapia are hearty survivors. Perfect for fish farming because they can live in fresh water. Having a land-based farming operation with fresh water eliminates impacts to ocean life.

When we look at the overall benefits of tilapia farming it is something that consumers can be proud to purchase.  When Tilapia are provided a clean water environment and good feed, they are a perfect fish for aquaculture.  Tilapia can feed the world a healthy fish protein while using less resources than other land-based proteins like beef, pork, or chicken.  Add in the benefits of a great company like Rainforest Tilapia that cares for the health of the fish, Tico community, and environment; It’s Pura Vida!


Let’s start with some facts about Rainforest Tilapia:

  • Antibiotic Free. Growth Hormone Free. Chemical Free.
  • Delivered Fresh. Sushi Grade.
  • Sustainably Raised.
  • Total Traceability from Egg to Harvest.
  • Raised in Pollutant Free Rainforest Water.
  • Four Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certified.
  • Zero-Waste Policy.
  • Aquaculture Stewardship (ASC) Certified.

Rainforest Tilapia is located on a tributary of Lake Arenal, an eco-rich volcanic reservoir.  1.6 million gallons of that water circulates in and out of each tilapia pond every day. That’s 20% water exchange daily.  The free-flowing water runs from the tilapia pond into canals that have hydroelectric power to generate electricity to the farm and farmers in the area.  The water then continues down the canal into sugarcane and rice fields to nourish the crops with nutrient rich water.  This is a perfect use of the resources available.

Rainforest Tilapia is the best farm raised tilapia on the market. It is important to label the brand name “Rainforest Tilapia” on your menu or in your grocery store because unlike other farmed products, seafood does not have a main-stream section to identify with (In the meat section beef is grass-fed vs grain-fed or USDA. Chicken is caged or free-range).  Unfortunately, most people think of farmed vs wild – this does not apply.  Just like other departments in a grocery store, farmed products compete with farmed products.  When it comes to high quality farmed seafood, brand names like Rainforest Tilapia are how these products need to be identified.

Having visited the Rainforest Tilapia farm, seen the pristine conditions, and tasted the fish, it must be respected for the high quality that it is.  Rainforest Tilapia can be served for sushi, ceviche, fish tacos, or in the center of the plate.  It is a white meat that accepts flavor well and is at a price point to compete as a healthy replacement to chicken, beef, or pork.

Rainforest Tilapia is a cost effective way to add seafood to the menu.  If friends or customers mention something negative about tilapia, please reference this article. We aim to educate with honest positive information.  If you want to go down the rabbit hole of bad news, and false information, factcheck.org had this article that provided answers for many of the common negative press mentioned about tilapia https://www.factcheck.org/2017/07/bacon-better-tilapia/


Make sure to visit the Rainforest Tilapia page for more information about their high-quality tilapia! https://www.tilapia.com/

Chad Pettrone
Sustainability Director
Northeast Seafood