Algix Jamaica is located in beautiful St. Elizabeth, the breadbasket of Jamaica. Our farm rests on 300 acres of lush land with over 110 acres of ponds all supplied by the Black River, which means we constantly have fresh water flowing through our ponds. Our future plans include expanding our farm to 800 acres positioning Pride of Jamaica to supply 10% of the US Kai market. Our farming practices measure up to the industry's strictest 3rd-party sustainability certifications such as 2-Star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).
At Pride of Jamaica we believe you are what you eat. To grow the healthiest fish it not only takes fresh water but also the best food. Our feed is a one of a kind floating pellet feed that ensures our fish are eating at the top of the water and not the bottom. Our feed is also certified by the USDA as pathogen free. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals with no additives or hormones and environmentally sustainable!
Our supply of water comes from the Black River. Our ponds are flow-through ponds which means none of our ponds are stagnant. Our ponds are continuously replenished with crisp, clean water to ensure our fish grow in a healthy environment. We are able to stock more fish at higher densities in each pond due to higher water quality.
Pangasius is a term used for a special variety of freshwater fish that has become the 6th most consumed seafood product eaten in the United States. US consumers are eating about 6 ounces of Pangasius per year per capita and demand for this moderately priced selection is expected to continue to increase. It is a primary example of the increasing demand and dependence on aquaculture or farm raised seafood products. Pangasius is available in the same forms available for most fish. The most popular form is boneless, skinless fillets or portions in different sizes and shapes cut from fillets. Fillets can range in size up to 6-8 ounces. Pride Of Jamaica Kai will be also offering steaked cuts for export and local consumption, effectively diversifying the options.
Kai is the preferred imported variety of Pangasius due to a mild to sweet flavor, whiter meat color and somewhat flaky cooked texture. In contrast, the Swai or Tra can appear more off-white to beige and the fillets are thinner with a more coarse texture. Pangasius (more specifically Kai) is somewhat unique in that it is known as a “shark catfish”; being a cartilaginous organism. It has extremely high edible meat to total mass ratios and is easy to process. Caribbean Kai is noted for its fast growth rates due to our abundant clean water and high protein feed. At Pride of Jamaica we stock Caribbean Kai at 20,000 fish per acre of water.
So what makes Pride of Jamaica's Kai better than traditional Kai?
Originally, the only place in the world to get Kai was from the Mekong River in Vietnam. It takes roughly 6 MONTHS for the frozen Kai Fillets to reach anywhere in the world...and they call that fresh?? The Vietnamese Kai are grown in extremely poor water conditions around this area as homes are built right on the river. Where do you think their trash and sewage go? We at Pride of Jamaica do not believe in having our fish swimming in toilet water. Our Caribbean Kai have a continual supply of fresh mountain water flowing through the ponds. You can ensure the quality of our Caribbean Kai far surpasses any other Kai on the planet.
Algix Jamaica is the only Aquaculture Fish Farm in the Western Hemisphere to successfully spawn Kai outside Vietnam on a commercial scale. At Pride of Jamaica we use only floating feed during the grow-out stage ensuring that the Kai are eating only the protein-rich food we provide for them.
Since Jamaica is only 90 miles from the coast of Miami we can have fresh Caribbean Kai in stores in the U.S in only a matter of days. When asked if you would rather eat a fish 6 months old or a couple days old which one would you choose?
Watch this video how Kai in Vietnam are grown and processed
Tilapia is one of the most popularly consumed fish that is well known for its mildness and health benefits. Approximately 40% of the fish found in grocery store or fish markets in the United States are farm raised. In less than 20 years it will be 50% farm raised fish in stores. Currently we have the largest, most consistent supply of FRESH Tilapia in the Caribbean and seek your assistance in distributing it to a key demographic. The tilapia will be processed (scaled and gutted) and vacuum packaged prior to delivery.
The product given to our customers is also one that is less than 24 hours out of the pond and never frozen. The average size of the fish is 250 to 350 grams - which the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries calls the "ideal dinner plate size.”
Pride of Jamaica has its own state of the art processing facility located on the Algix Jamaica property allowing maximum efficiency and productivity. Our plant meets all international standards required for exporting to the USA. We ensure the quality and consistency of our fish will exceed your expectations. Fish can be processed within minutes of being harvested from the ponds and ready to enjoy within hours.