Since 1849, Gloucester Massachusetts has been the home to a company that is today known as Gorton's. At one time they were vertically integrated with their own fleet of fishing schooners, maintenance infrastructure, storage facilities and sales staff - an island unto itself in one of the most storied fishing ports in history. Their fleet … Continue reading Gorton’s Haddock Fish Fillets Review
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
I'm starting to think I'm getting the hang of this blogging stuff. I've recently reached over 100 followers along with some pretty high praise from those I respect in the seafood industry. But I still get excited when my blog gets noticed, and in this most recent case I have an extra reason to be … Continue reading Dover Sole From The Fish Society: A Wish Come True!
There are a lot of different fish I've wanted to try, but most of the fish I eat are local or seasonal species. I'm also in a somewhat dire financial situation, which limits my family's seafood purchases mostly to things I know will be eaten. I can't afford expensive failed experiments. But for this blog … Continue reading Whole Foods: Dover Sole With A Side Of Sticker Shock
In a recent post I questioned the safety of all the imported shrimp we eat here in the US. The vast majority of which, is farm-raised. Add in all the different labels that mislead you into thinking you are buying something "natural" or "organic" and you have no way of telling what you are really … Continue reading More Info On Imported Farmed Shrimp
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.
My good friend, a 93-year-old war hero has not eaten a shrimp since the 1940's. He tells me tales of his days as an officer in the Merchant Marines during and after World War II. Jim remembers the shrimp farms of the Ganges delta and in Southeast Asia, literally swimming in raw sewage. He is … Continue reading How Safe Is Imported Shrimp?
Have you noticed that a lot of the seafood sold in supermarkets or marketed online has all of a sudden become "sustainable?" Over the last decade it has become a major buzzword along with "gluten-free" and "organic." How can this be? If all this seafood is really sustainably caught or farmed then why are we … Continue reading What Is Sustainable Seafood?
The underhanded practice of substituting lesser priced fish for higher-end species is not a new one. I remember when people still tried to pass off surimi as real crab meat. Restaurants sell scrod as if it were a fish and not the size of one (no it does not mean Small Catch Of the Day). … Continue reading Fish Fraud: What Are You REALLY Eating?