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The promise and peril of manufactured seafood

Author: Rod Fujita Credit: Marco Verch via Flickr Creative Commons Today, there are only two ways to produce seafood: fishermen can catch wild fish, or fish can be farmed in a process called aquaculture. Both methods have many benefits, but also can have adverse impacts on the environment. A growing number of companies are trying to develop alternative ways to produce “seafood,” like “tuna” made by growing tuna cells in a lab. Will these alternatives make it commercially? If they do, will that result in big environmental benefits or contribute to food security? Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently looked into [...]

August 19th, 2019|

US seafood eateries expanding

Author: Christine Blank   Two seafood restaurant chains based in the United States are quickly expanding. Miami, Florida-based Sushi Sake, a late-night Asian cuisine hotspot in South Florida for more than a decade, is planning to franchise its restaurants across the country. Meanwhile, Mesa, Arizona-based Angry Crab Shack, a full-service Cajun seafood restaurant specializing in boiled shellfish flavored with signature sauces, recently signed a multi-unit franchise agreement to bring three locations to Atlanta – breaking into the Georgia market. Angry Crab Shack plans to have 100 locations open and operating by 2023. Sushi Sake, which has 14 locations in Miami, [...]

July 29th, 2019|

Captain D’s launches new “Lobster & Crab Celebration

Author: Christine Blank Captan D’s is launching a limited-time “Lobster & Crab Celebration” for the first time. Through 22 September, the restaurant chain is promoting several of its lobster and crab dishes, along with a new combination dish: The Ultimate Lobster & Crab Platter, which includes one crab cake, six Lobster Bites, two Batter Dipped Fish Fillets, and six shrimp. The Platter is served with a choice of two sides and hush puppies and starts at USD 8.99 (EUR 8.01). Other dishes featured in the promotion include: Fish, Crab Cake & Shrimp Meal; Fish, Lobster Bites & Shrimp Meal, which [...]

July 21st, 2019|

Community Opens Hearts To Braun Seafood After Fire

Author: Lisa Finn, Patch Staff Community Opens Hearts To Braun Seafood After Fire Support from a caring community pours in as owners, staff work tirelessly to keep business open, make Braun "bigger and better than ever." (Lisa Finn.)   CUTCHOGUE, NY — It's a story that speaks to the heart and fiber of the North Fork community: After a fire ripped through a storage building at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue Wednesday, not only did owners and staff work tirelessly to open the business just hours later — but the love of the community came pouring in as sea of neighbors, [...]

July 7th, 2019|

Whole Oceans’ quick progress has company aiming higher

Author: Chris Chase   Late last month, Maine, U.S.A.-based Whole Oceans officially closed a deal with AIM Development to purchase a plot of land once occupied by a former paper mill in Bucksport, Maine. The deal signified the culmination of years of work the company put in to its plan to build a large salmon recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facility on the site. Whole Oceans announced the project in 2018, and has been undergoing permitting through both the state and Bucksport since. “Closing on the property is obviously a big milestone. It makes the project tangible and real, and it gives [...]

June 30th, 2019|

Joanna Toole’s legacy honored with new Ghost Gear Solutions Award

Author: Madelyn Kearns As the 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit came to a close this week in Bangkok, Thailand, attendees remembered Joanna (Jo) Toole, a beloved campaigner for ocean welfare and the co-founder of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), who tragically passed away in March 2019. Toole was on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 en route to Nairobi to speak at a United Nations meeting about how to tackle ghost gear in the world’s oceans when the plane crashed on Sunday, 10 March, 2019. Joel Baziuk – head consultant at JRBBL Consulting, who works extensively with GGGI – accepted a [...]

June 16th, 2019|

For World Oceans Day, Over 200 Chefs Want Travelers To Choose Sustainable Seafood

Author: Ali Wunderman   Chef Lukas Gurtner of the Sonora Resort in Canada has a message about sustainability Mark Yuen The news is out: if people don’t drastically change their relationship with the natural world, the human species could face extinction in as little as thirty years. If that seems dramatic, it’s because it is. In the scheme of the universe, three decades is no time at all, so the time to start making changes is now. That’s why this year on June 8th for World Oceans Day, over 200 chefs from Relais & Châteaux -- a collection of gourmet restaurants and boutique [...]

June 9th, 2019|

ATTO Debuts Prime Meats and Seafood Act in Midtown Manhattan at The Tuscany

Author: BWW News Desk The latest addition to New York City's steakhouse brigade, Atto (act in Italian) just debuted at 120 E. 39 St. in the heart of Murray Hill with two intriguing attractions that distinguish the 108-seat restaurant from its bovine centric brethren. They are a six-stool a crudo bar in the 60-seat dining room and the ability to utilize the stunning 1500 sq. ft. Penthouse of The Tuscany, a Signature St Giles Hotel, with fireplace, che's kitchen and 1700 sq. ft wrap-around terrace boasting panoramic views of the Empire State and Chrysler Building, for Atto special events, such [...]

June 2nd, 2019|

Maine Coast honored with prestigious presidential award for expanding US exports

Author: Madelyn Kearns U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recognized York, Maine, U.S.A.-based lobster supplier Maine Coast with the President’s “E” Award for Exports on 23 May, for the company’s demonstrated national leadership in expanding export markets for the country. Forty-eight companies total were honored by Secretary Ross with the President’s “E” Award, “the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports,” Maine Coast said. The company’s commitment to sustaining exports and opening new markets made it an ideal recipient for the honor, according to Ross. “Maine Coast has demonstrated [...]

May 26th, 2019|

Tuna will take center stage on Palau’s menu

Author: Bernadette Carreon   To celebrate World Tuna Day, Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr. on 1 May signed a presidential directive calling for a “national commitment to reduce pressure on the reef, promote locally produce foods.” Under the directive, all government food service systems must serve pelagic fish such as tuna, with reef fish no longer allowed to be served at any government event or by any government-backed foodservice system. In his directive, Remengesau said the move was being made to ensure food security and increase the supply of tuna to the domestic market. “Tuna and tuna-like pelagic fish species [...]

May 19th, 2019|

European frozen fish supplier introduces new compostable product packaging

Author: Madelyn Kearns   The Netherlands-based frozen fish supplier J.P. Verwijs has introduced organic compostable packaging for its various seafood products, which are currently on display at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium this week. The new packaging was inspired by the circular economy, a business model that prizes high standards of sustainability, transparency, simplicity, and quality, according to J.P. Verwijs. “Taking in perception that care of nature is paramount, the emphasis is on taking responsibility to reduce traditional packaging materials,” the company said. By embracing its new compostable packaging solution, which is derived from agricultural waste product, the supplier [...]

May 12th, 2019|

Rising incomes, increased urbanization to underpin seafood consumption growth

Author: Jason Holland   The considerable growth in both fisheries and aquaculture production, matched by a rising public awareness of the important role that fish as a food group plays in healthy and diversified diets has driven seafood consumption upwards over the past five decades. Other factors contributing to the steady rise in people eating seafood include reduced wastage, better utilization, improved distribution channels and growing demand. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in per capita terms, global food fish consumption grew from 9 kg in 1961 to 20.2 kg in 2015, representing an [...]

May 5th, 2019|

Will America run short of seafood? This ocean farm could save

Author: Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY   (Photo: Sandy Hooper) HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – On a gray morning, hundreds of glistening black shells tumble down a chute to the deck of a retired Navy landing craft. Mussels are peeled off heavy ropes, sorted by size and cleaned before five crewmen, seated around a table, inspect them for cracks or holes. The biggest and best are placed in bags, a bounty of bivalves destined for sale to restaurants and fish markets. This farm-raised mussel business 6 miles off the coast of California's Orange County marks a new direction for aquaculture by raising seafood in open ocean rather [...]

April 28th, 2019|

Canada’s top oyster-producing region to host upcoming seafood festival

Author: Madelyn Kearns   The 13th annual BC Seafood Festival is scheduled to take place in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada, from 7 to 16 June, 2019, event organizers confirmed on 15 April. The event, considered to be the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, will once again be situated in the Comox Valley region, the top production area for oysters in Canada. Festival features for 2019 include the “Signature Weekend,” comprised of celebrity chef demonstrations, award-winning shellfish and seafood tastings, interactive and educational displays, and competitions. The festival will also host a series of seafood-related contests such as the [...]

April 21st, 2019|

Whole Foods names Luke’s Lobster, Wild Planet as Suppliers of the Year

Author: Christine Blank     Three seafood suppliers were recognized by Whole Foods Market (WFM) at its seventh annual Supplier Awards, held in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., on 10 April. Luke’s Lobster was named WFM’s Global Supplier of the Year for 2018 and received the retailer’s Purpose Driven Empowerment Award. Luke’s received the distinction for “working hand in hand with WholeFoods Market to build a process that guarantees that all their lobsters adhere to our sustainability requirements and animal welfare standards,” WFM said in a press release. “In just three years, Luke’s Lobster has grown from a small local partner in [...]

April 14th, 2019|