Posted in Seafood Choices

Seafood News Editor: If it is Unethical in Thailand, It is Unethical in Hawaii Also

Seafoodnews.com: The AP report on the imprisonment of foreign fishermen on Hawaiian vessels is a wake-up call. No seafood buyer will tolerate abusive conditions for fishermen, whether the result of a legal loophole or not. … More Info »

The True Cost of Fish

This month, a startling series by Ian Urbina of the New York Times has provided an in-depth look at the desperate state of international fishing: due to increasing demand for cheap fish, combined with rising fuel costs, and a lack of accountability for illegal practices, the sea has become a no-mans-land rife with abuse. … More Info »

Out of the Blue: Diversify Your P(a)late

While seafood is imported into the U.S. to meet consumer demand for shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and canned tuna, many sustainable species within domestic waters don’t show up on people’s plates. A Huffington Post article describes these domestic species as “underappreciated, underutilized species abundant at docks all around the country. Some call them trash fish, they’re anything but; they are simply underloved.” … More Info »

Seafood Expo, a Free Sample Frenzy

Yesterday I got out of the office to spend the afternoon at the North America Seafood Expo (formerly the International Boston Seafood Show). Having never been to an expo of any kind I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I never expected anything so huge! More than 1,100 exhibitors gathered at the expo to show off their products ranging from fresh seafood and aquaculture to the latest seafood processing technologies to food safety services. Some vendors were even dressed up to promote their products; I saw at least one mermaid and one catfish suit. … More Info »

Eating with the Ecosystem

A new venture in Rhode Island takes a holistic view of local seafood and aims to encourage us to eat a diverse array of species, rather than depleting our marine resources by consuming the same few fish. Sarah Schumann started Eating with the Ecosystem to bring the concept of ecosystem-based management to the dinner plate. … More Info »

Some thoughts from the Boston Seafood Show

The Seafood Show is an important business opportunity for seafood buyers and sellers, and it was also an interesting way for a casual observer like me to spend the afternoon. It reminded me, though, of how important it is to put our seafood purchasing power to work at home and support the US fishermen who are working hard to produce sustainable fisheries under some of the strictest harvest and processing rules in the world. … More Info »

Chefs Collaborative: Why accurate fish stock assessments matter

Who should we be paying attention to when it comes to getting definitive information about the health of our domestic fish stocks? Government scientists, ocean conservation groups and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), fishermen…? All the parties play important roles in contributing data and analysis. The fact is that it’s complicated! … More Info »