Seafood News2018-01-08T23:39:48-05:00

Seafood News

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|

Albertsons cutting out meal kits in many stores

Author: Christine Blank   Albertsons is doing away with offering Plated meal kits in many of its stores. After tests of the meal kits in Albertsons stores, Plated, which is owned by Albertsons, will now be offered only in select stores in northern California and Texas. “This shift will allow us to focus on innovation for the future expansion of Plated within the Albertsons Companies ecosystem,” Liz Marsh, spokesperson for Plated, told SeafoodSource. Albertsons rolled out Plated meal kits with much fanfare in numerous stores more than a year ago. While the kits were initially sold in 20 Safeway stores [...]

April 7th, 2019|

The 25 Most Creative Seafood Dishes in Boston Right Now

Author: Scott Kearnan·   Ever eaten a $900 lobster roll? Devoured a tower of crab rangoon nachos? Dive into our list of 25 dishes that make a splash and see how Boston is reinventing seafood—all over again.   At Oak + Rowan, oysters get an opulent update thanks to caviar and edible flowers. / Photo by Ken Richardson / Styling by Monica Mariano/Ennis The New Oyster Platter Composed oysters, Oak + Rowan Forget classic cocktail sauce and mignonette—these days, the humble oyster is getting dressed up with increasingly creative accoutrements. At Oak + Rowan, chef Justin Shoults offers competing “East [...]

March 31st, 2019|

A labor of love: How Martha Stewart and True North created their new seafood product line

Author: Madelyn Kearns   It was like the first day of school when Martha Stewart's culinary director, Thomas Joseph, arrived at the 2019 Seafood Expo North America event in Boston, Massachusetts on its opening day. Joseph, who is a 2017 James Beard Award winner, pulled up to the continent’s largest seafood trade event with the four initial offerings under the Martha Stewart brand’s latest seafood product line in tow, ready for their debut. The products were created in partnership with Cooke Inc.'s True North Seafood. “We’re super-excited,” Joseph told SeafoodSource on Sunday, 17 March, as SENA19 roared to life. “Today was [...]

March 24th, 2019|

Ocean Beauty to debut new portions, salmon candy at Seafood Expo North America

Author: Christine Blank   Ocean Beauty Seafoods will debut new products under its Ocean Beauty and Echo Falls brands at Seafood Expo North America 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, 17 to 19 March. In addition, after the Seattle, Washington-based supplier announced last month that it has become the U.S. distributor for Findus, a brand of Nomad Foods in Sweden, it said it will display Findus’s frozen portions, breaded and value-added seafood, and steamable flavored cod loins at the expo. Ocean Beauty’s new retail line of skin-packed seafood portions under its Ocean Beauty brand includes Alaska sockeye salmon, Alaska halibut, Alaska cod, [...]

March 10th, 2019|

Aller Aqua debuts specialty feed for recirculating aquaculture systems

Author: Cliff White   Christiansfeld, Denmark-based aquaculture firm Aller Aqua has debuted a new aquafeed specifically designed for recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Its PowerRAS feed line is based upon Aller Aqua’s proprietary research on raw material nutrient digestibility for fish at different life stages and under varying environmental conditions, the company said. “The PowerRAS concept meets the high demands towards feed for RAS in terms of feed efficiency, optimal water quality, and subsequent fish growth,” Aller Aqua said in a press release. “The concept is the result of continuous research and trial work at Aller Aqua research in combination with [...]

March 3rd, 2019|