SEAFOOD UPDATE 06-06-2019

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Thursday, 06 Jun 2019

FOR ALL OUR BUYERS AND CHEFS:

LOCAL MONKFISH

Monkfish Tails

Super price! Monkfish has a mild, sweet taste. The tail meat is firm, dense and boneless. It is firm like scallop or lobster meat; the meat won’t fall apart on the grill or in chowders.

DOMESTIC MAHI MAHI

Mahimahi

These super fresh fish are from the Carolinas. The lean, firm flesh has a sweet, mild flavor similar to swordfish. It has large, moist flakes. Mahi is great on the grill or for a taco.

EAST COAST HALIBUT

Eastcoasthalibut

Lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture. Bake, grill, poach, saute and steam. Best to cook Halibut to an internal temp of about 125°

LOCAL HAKE

Wild King Salmon

Hakes range in size from the 6-8lb: texture varies from soft to moderately firm. Hake is mild-tasting, even a bit sweet. Great for Fish-n-Chips or Fish Tacos.

SWORDFISH LOINS

Swordfish

Gorgeous Swordfish in the house. Running strong. Moist, flavorful with a sweet taste. It has a great oil content and a firm, meaty texture. Grill it as a steak, cube it for kabobs or slice it thin for a crudo. 

 

Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean-And The Food Chain

June 6, 2019 - The deep ocean is filled with sea creatures like giant larvaceans. They're actually the size of tadpoles, but they're surrounded by a yard-wide bubble of mucus that collects food — and plastic. "We found small plastic pieces in every single larvacean that we examined from different depths across the water column," says researcher Anela Choy. The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It's home to everything from jellyfish to giant blue-fin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic - plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never  imagined. Very few people have looked for microplastic concentrations at mid- to deep-ocean depths. But there's a place along the California coast where it's relatively easy: The edge of the continent takes a steep dive into the deep ocean at Monterey Bay. Whales and white sharks swim these depths just a few miles offshore.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute perches on the shoreline. At an MBARI dock, you can see on of their most sophisticated tools for doing that: a multi-million-dollar machine called Ventana sitting on the deck of the research vessel Rachel Carson. "It's a massive underwater robot," explains Kyle Van Houtan, chief scientist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which collaborates with MBARI. "Robotic arms, a lot of sensors, machinery, lights, video cameras." The team they created has beensending Ventana up to 3,000 feet deep into the Bay, in search of plastic. "The deep ocean is the largest ecosystem on the planet," says Van Houton, "and we don't know anything about the plastic in the deep ocean." Scientists do know about plastic floating on the surface, and have tried to measure how much there is. The Great Pacific Garbage patch is just one of many giant eddies in the oceans where enormous amounts of plastic waste collects. But beneath the surface? Not much. So Ventana made several dives to collect water samples at different depths. Technicians filtered the water, looking for microplastic, the tiny fragments and fibers you can barely see.

"What we found was actually pretty surprising," Van Houtan says. "We found that most of the plastic is below the surface." More, he says, than in the giant floating patches. And also to their surprise, they found that submerged microplastics are widely distributed, from the surface to thousands of feet deep. Moreover, the farther out from shore they sampled, the more microplastics they found. That suggests it's not just washing off the California coast. It's coming from all over. "We think the California current is actually carrying some of the microplastic debris from the north Pacific Ocean," he says — kind of like trash washing down off a landfill that's actually in the ocean.

And that trash gets eaten. Marine biologist Anela Choy is with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and is part of the research team. She says the deep ocean is like a giant feeding trough. "It's filled with animals," she says, "and they're not only moving up and down in the water column every day, forming the biggest migration on the planet, but they're also feasting upon one another." For example, the deep ocean is filled with sea creatures like larvaceans that filter tiny organisms out of the water. They're the size of tadpoles, but they're called "giant larvaceans" because they build a yard-wide bubble of mucus around themselves — "snot houses," Choy calls them. The mucus captures floating plankton. But it also captures plastic. "We found small plastic pieces in every single larvacean that we examined from different depths across the water column," Choy says. Another filter feeder, the red crab, also contained plastic pieces — every one they caught.

Choy has also looked beyond Monterey Bay and higher up the food chain. In earlier research she did in the Pacific, she collected creatures called lancetfish--several feet long, with huge mouths and lots of saber-sharp teeth. They're called the "dragons of the deep." "We've looked now at over 2,000 lancetfish," says Choy, "and we've found that about one in every three lancetfish has some kind of plastic in its stomach. It's really shocking, because this fish actually doesn't come to the surface as far as we know." That suggests that plastic has spread through the water column. Bruce Robison, a senior scientist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, says he was shocked at how much plastic they found. "The fact that plastics are so pervasive, that they are so widespread, is a staggering discovery and we'd be foolish to ignore that," he says. "Anything that humans introduce to that habitat is passing though these animals and being incorporated into the food web"
— a web that leads up to marine animals people eat. The Monterey Bay findings appear Thursday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, and only represent a local sample. But Robison says 70 years of manufacturing plastic may have created a global ocean problem. "We humans are constantly coming up with marvelous ideas that eventually turn around and bite us on the butt," he says with a dry laugh. And scientists are just beginning to diagnose the extent of that wound.

U.S. Expands its Measures to Combat IUU Fishing with the Global Record

June 5, 2019 - In the fight against IUU fishing activities, the United States uses multiple tools to tackle the problem with the goal of leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen. The Global Record is expanding our nation’s capabilities in this fight. The global fight
against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is challenging, but we are making progress. The United States is developing and implementing regulations that make it harder for seafood products associated with illegal, or fraudulent practices to enter
our markets. We are increasingly supporting international measures, like the Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels (the Global Record) to collect and verify information to improve the likelihood that illegal products will be detected.

IUU fishing threatens valuable natural resources that are critical to global food security and puts law-abiding fishermen and seafood producers at a disadvantage. Fisheries authorities and regional fisheries management organizations face many obstacles in detecting and combating IUU fishing. One such obstacle is a lack of access to core information on fishing vessel identification, ownership, control and activity. The Global Record was launched in 2018 by the Food and Agricultural Organization and is partially funded by NOAA Fisheries. It is a collaborative, global initiative to make available reliable data from authorities about vessels and vessel-related activities. This makes it much more difficult and expensive for vessels and companies acting illegally to do business.

Fishing vessels have names and registration numbers, much like cars have license plates. However, the owner of a fishing vessel can easily change its name, registration number, call sign or flag. This means vessels can move about at will, change flag and identity, and owner and operator details. This makes it harder for authorities to track illegal vessels. An essential part of the program is the unique vessel identifier. The Global Record uses a vessel’s International Maritime Organization number as the UVI. It is a permanent number that stays with a vessel from construction to disposal, regardless of the vessel’s flag or where it operates. This allows authorities to monitor a vessel’s activities and track compliance throughout its lifespan. More than 23,000 fishing vessels worldwide currently have an IMO number, and this number is growing. The Global Record provides a single access point for information on vessels used for fishing and fishing-related activities. It gives countries a comprehensive and updated public database with core information about these vessels’ identities and operations

NOAA Fisheries has been a key supporter of Global Record, working with our international
partners, in its launch and development. In the fight against IUU fishing activities, the United States uses multiple tools to tackle the problem, with the goal of leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen. The Global Record is expanding our nation’s capabilities in this fight. Working with other U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and entities, international organizations, non-government organizations, and the private sector is crucial to effectively combat IUU fishing.