American seafood farming company Tropical Aquaculture Products has announced a partnership with a new tilapia farm in Mexico.

The company has begun operations at Acuicola Gemso, producting tilapia in a cage system in the Novillo Reservoir, east of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The company expects a new processing facility to open in early 2015.

Gemso has been producing tilapia for nearly five years, and claims to not use any preservatives or gases that may alter, extend or prolong natural color or shelf life.

Tropical Aquaculture, in a statement, said the company is planning for its first audit for the Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices certification. The company expects to have the certification by May of 2014.

Tropical Aquaculture expects to be able to use the farm to supply Tilapia to the U.S. west coast.

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