Here is a short video by the New England Aquarium on a collaborative study conducted in 2015-2016. Cusk (Brosme brosme) is not targeted by commercial fishermen and historically has been an inexpensive fish, if you can find one at a market. Their soft, mild flesh is known locally to be good in fish cakes and … Continue reading New England Aquarium’s Study On Cusk Mortality
Expectant mothers and parents of young children have more information to help them make good seafood choices. This handy infographic has the new seafood guidelines as suggested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These suggestions are based upon mercury content, which is known to be especially harmful to child development. Be sure to … Continue reading FDA Updates Seafood Guidelines For Pregnant Women
When I think Atlantic salmon, I don't usually think of the state of Washington and I assume you don't either. In my mind, the Pacific Northwest is the land of wild salmon. But according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington is the largest domestic producer of farmed-raised finfish, which includes an annual yield of 17 … Continue reading Escaped Farmed Salmon Threatens Washington’s Wild Stocks
The latest round of sanctions imposed upon North Korea by the UN includes a ban on the Hermit Kingdom's seafood. Shortly thereafter, media outlets were reporting that prices for North Korean seafood have collapsed. From what you can gather online, it sound like the seafood ban will hurt Chinese importers as much, if not more, … Continue reading Does The North Korean Seafood Ban Affect You?
Sushi, ceviche, crudo, poke...all of them seem crazy popular right now from what I see online and I understand why. Raw or "acid cooked" fish tastes great, looks great, and if prepared correctly, has no ill-health effects. However as I talked about in my post about sushi grade fish, if the products are not stored … Continue reading Nasty Sushi Parasite On The Rise In Western Countries
At this point in this blog's history, most of my fisheries knowledge is centered on the United States, Eastern Canada to an extent and also the better known species in Europe. However, the region I must admit the most ignorance is India. Such a huge and populous country with a rich fishing heritage along the … Continue reading Fish Chain: India’s Fair Trade Fish Retailer
Recently the Discovery Channel showed "Sacred Cod" which looked into the divide that separates Fishermen and NOAA's fishery scientists here in New England. Fishermen have said for years that the methods used in the trawl surveys are flawed and that cod is much more abundant in the Gulf of Maine than scientists claim. The extremely … Continue reading Documentary “Counting Fish” Sheds Light On Fishermen/NOAA Rift
Spiny dogfish is just one of many domestic fish that we know as "underutilized species." Most of it heads to Europe, while Americans import most of the fish they eat. According to the Cape Cod Chronicle, a new project will help change that by utilizing dogfish in University dining programs.
When I was studying anthropology I took a course in pre-Columbian Peru. It was an amazing course by Professor Judy Zeitlin and one of the things I learned in the class is that the weather phenomenon we know as El Nino, has been affecting the people of Peru for millennia. If I remember correctly, the … Continue reading Peruvian Anchovies Expected To Rebound Post El Nino
The Dungeness crab season for the Oregon coast began January 1 this year and will run till mid-August. After a month, the crabbing has been very strong with over 13 million pounds of dungeness harvested already, that is only a million pounds shy of the entire 2016 season. Washington State is also having a great … Continue reading Oregon’s Dungeness Crab Season Starts Strong