National Fisherman


Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

 

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.

Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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