Last night Beth Bisson and I went down to Ellsworth to catch up with elver dealer Bill Sheldon.
At the March 12 Orono Farmer's Market, I picked up half a pound of fresh scallops from the Lobster Shack truck (as well as some Stonington crab meat and one lobster, but that's another story). Some of the scallops had a peachy-pink hue, which I knew was a natural tint, thanks to Marine Extension Team member Dana Morse.
After a lovely meal of diver-harvested Maine sea scallops at The Salt Exchange, I am making a note to myself to eat more scallops before the season in Maine waters ends March 27.
Within 24 hours of the latest Fathoming feature, about a harmful disease that now threatens Maine’s oyster industry, national news wires sizzled with reports of a study in the February issue of the journal BioScience. A survey of oyster reefs around the world found that 85% of oyster habitat has disappeared.
I've been working on a story about sardines since last April, when Bumble Bee Foods announced the closure of the Stinson Seafood factory, the last sardine cannery in the United States. As newspaper headlines across the country announced "the end of an era," I began my own pursuit of the enigmatic sardine. I won't give away the story here--readers will have to wait for its appearance in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.
The Role of Tourism in Fisheries Crises: The Case of Newfoundland and Applications to Maine
Tourism is increasingly touted as a development opportunity for coastal and rural areas affected by natural resource decline. As commercial fisheries face depletion the world over, people look to tourism to help coastal communities recover from economic crisis, but little work has been done to explore if the investment in tourism can ever replace the full human ecological value of the fishery, including its impacts on a region’s culture, economy, and environment.
Maine shrimp made the front page of today’s style section in the Bangor Daily News. Reporter Emily Burnham wrote a nice feature of this native seafood, including a handful of recipes. The timing aligns with Northern shrimp season, which began in December and runs until April.
I doubt that NBC's Jeff Rossen read my blog post about the lack of coverage of seafood imports, but his November 17 story on the risks associated with imported seafood--80% of the seafood Americans eat--is a good step toward filling the gap in consumer awareness. Despite the panic-inducing tone to the "investigative report," the reality is that it is getting easier to find out where your seafood comes from.