In Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
As I begin the process of trying to decide what to get my peeps for Christmas this year, my thoughts are turning to seafood. It's a great gift selection because it's delicious, nutritious, and requires only limited storage time before it's devoured and gone.
Moreover, seafood groups are making it ever easier to order someone a tasty holiday gift. For example, just today, I received an email from the Maine Lobster Promotion Council touting the Pine Tree State's signature seafood for seasonal celebrations.
The council's website provides a searchable database of lobster dealers that will ship everything from live lobster to ready-to-cook lobster dishes anywhere in the United States, overnight.
Or I could add some Alaska salmon to some lucky duck's holiday table. According to the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association in Cordova, you can easily order and purchase smoked, canned and flash-frozen Cooper River salmon via online stores and smartphone technology. Orders will be shipped straight to consumers' homes.
The association says Prime Select Seafoods in Cordova, Alaska, has been selling their Copper River salmon via mail order for over a decade and now can also be ordered online. Likewise, Copper River Seafoods has a new and enhanced ordering process for its customers via their website and smartphone or mobile device.
Then again, New Bedford scallops, West Coast Dungeness crab, Louisiana or Chesapeake Bay oysters, or Gulf of Mexico shrimp are among the multitude of U.S. harvested seafood that would be welcomed under any Christmas tree. Florida stone crab claws would make a great gift, too. You could call them Santa Claws.
Whatever the selection, as long as it's wild seafood harvested by American fishermen it will make a wonderful and thoroughly delicious (and appreciated) gift. No assembly required.
Callifornia crabbing: Here's a fun video shot on the decks of the Majestik while catching Dungeness crab off the coast of northern California.
Over 500 lots of seafood processing equipment formerly owned by Adak Seafood will be sold at auction on Tuesday, June 18, starting at 10 a.m. Hawaiian-Aleutian Daylight Time at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anchorage Alaska.
The equipment is located in a recently updated 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art processing facility in Adak, Alaska. Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Hilco Industrial, which conducts 75 machinery and equipment auctions in a wide range of industries annually, will conduct the auction.
Adak Seafood opened originally as Ada Fisheries in Anchorage in 1986. The facility, updated in 2005, is located on the island of Adak, the southernmost city in Alaska near the western end of the Aleutian Islands. The facility processed cod primarily, as well as halibut, blackcod, crab and pollock, Hilco says.
Alaska fisherman and commercial fisheries activist Kevin Adams was elected chairman at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors meeting on May 9 in Anchorage.
The governor-appointed board consists of seven members: five seafood processors and two industry representatives actively engaged in commercial fishing. Adams was appointed to fill a harvester seat by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004.
With 38 years of fishing experience in Bristol Bay, Adams has long been an active member in the Alaska fishing industry, ASMI says. He has worked for both the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, and represents Alaska fishermen on numerous boards.