Top Ten Reasons Why Seafood Fraud Hurts Us All

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:17

10. We can't trust our food. An estimated 10% of seafood is not the species it is sold or marketed as, and certain species are more likely to be false than others.

9. People are paying for more than they get - maybe 40% of the time.

8. Faking it is easy. Most of the seafood most of us buy and eat is in skinless, boneless, sometimes coated or breaded or otherwise concealed pieces, rather than whole. Processed fish is harder to evaluate "organoleptically." 

Aquaculture in Shared Waters

Real "Maine scallops"

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 09:50

Feeling the scallop season get a way from me, I’ve been in pursuit of fresh Placopectin magellenicus harvested from Maine waters by dayboat draggers and divers. But fresh, local seafood can be hard to find where I live in Bangor, within reach of the tide but 30+ miles from saltwater. Since I had a meeting Tuesday in South Portland, I knew I’d have the opportunity. But where to go? 

Scallops, Shrimp, Good News, Bad News

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:46

Scallop season began on Sunday December 2 and runs through March 20. With new management measures in place, including closed areas, limited access to other areas, and reduced fishing days, the harvest may be lower this year and prices may be higher. Neither factor should be a deterrent to seeking out Maine scallops this season; it just means they are extra special.

The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem

Submitted by Catherine Schmitt on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 17:20

Today was the first full day of the American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: A US-Canada Science Symposium. More than 100 of the region’s top lobster scientists have gathered in Portland, Maine, to share their research.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher in his welcome remarks reminded the scientists that they also are here to help managers and fishermen to define “the new normal.”

The new normal = lots of lobsters.

 
Photo of seaweed class with fisherman of the Corea Lobstermen's Co-op