Written by Linc Bedrosian
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.
NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.
The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.Read more...
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...