SEAFOOD UPDATE 17-06-2019

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Monday, 17 Jun 2019

FOR ALL OUR BUYERS AND CHEFS:

KING KAMPACHI

Swordfish

King Kampachi has a clean, crisp bite when raw and a delicious buttery flavor when cooked that’s light . With a firm texture and high fat content, can us a variety of cooking methods,
including baking, roasting, steaming, pan-searing, grilling, and sous vide.


ROYAL SEA BASS 2-3#

Royal Sea Bass

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 U/10 SEA SCALLOPS

Local U Scallops

Sea scallops have a sweet, rich taste. Top-quality scallops should have an ivory translucence and elastic springiness that allows them to keep their shape. Cooked meat is opaque white with a firm, lean texture.

IPSWICH STEAMER CLAMS

Ipswich

Steamers, (Maine) also known as Soft-Shell Clams or "Piss Clams," are the same clams used for frying clams. As the name "Steamers" implies, these clams are usually steamed open (white wine, butter, shallots, garlic, and black pepper). 10# boxes

BRONZINO 4/600G

Bronzino

These fish, which average one pound, have a firm, white, delicate flesh and few bones. Fat layer under the skin keeps this fish moist and sweet. It can be grilled, roasted, poached,
steamed, or braised whole.

Cleanfish Expanding Despite Exit Of Co-Founder Dale Sims

June 14, 2019 - CleanFish, a San Francisco, California, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier specializing in higher-end brands with sustainability-focused bona fides, is expanding into new species and supplier partnerships. The company is moving forward with its plans despite the departure of company co-founder Dale Sims, who unexpectedly resigned from the company in early June to start another seafood business venture called Buena Vista Seafood, according to his LinkedIn page. Sims did not respond to interview requests from SeafoodSource. “It was not something that we were anticipating [this month], but we have been preparing for his retirement for the past year,” Alisha Lumea, director of marketing and communications for San Francisco, California, U.S.A.-based CleanFish, told  SeafoodSource.

Since Sea 2050 acquired CleanFish last April, the company has built up its leadership team, allowing it to enhance its offerings with additional species – which will help it expand into additional retail accounts, according to Lumea. CleanFish previously focused on foodservice accounts, but Sea 2050’s acquisition was designed to help build its retail business, as its products are currently in select grocery stores.

Last summer, Mike Moniz was brought on as CleanFish’s new managing director. More recently, Kelly Haden was hired as director of business development and Angel Chapanov was brought on as CleanFish’s director of supply chain planning and logistics, “which is what Dale was doing a lot of,” Lumea said. The new leadership team is working to increase sales of CleanFish’s longtime products, such as Loch Duart salmon and organic Laughing Bird Shrimp, while branching into new species. For example, CleanFish invested in a “significant partnership” with The Kampachi Company to supply its King Kampachi that is deep-water farmed off the coast of La Paz, Mexico.

“Partnering with the farm to make this new venture a success is something we're really excited about,” Lumea said. “Deep-water, offshore aquaculture is such important technology for sustainable food production, and with their set-up in the Gulf of California, they are poised for growth.” Up until now, kampachi has primarily had a “boutique audience” in the U.S. By investing in the partnership with The Kampachi Company, CleanFish “is committed to bringing this fish and its cutting-edge farming methods into the mainstream,” Lumea said. The Kampachi Company’s La Paz, Mexico operation recently obtained Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification, making its King Kampachi the world’s first ASC-certified kampachi, the producer said in a press release. King Kampachi is available in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and will soon be sold in Europe and Japan.

Plus, CleanFish announced at Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts in March 2019 that it is the exclusive North American supplier of Nordic Blu Salmon, “the world's first and only marine net-pen farmed Atlantic salmon rated ‘Green — Best Choice’ by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program,” it said in a press release. All of Nordic Blu’s sites and farms are also ASC-certified and GlobalG.A.P.-certified.

“Early interest from both foodservice and retail has been strong,” Lumea said. “The 'Green' Seafood Watch rating in particular makes it an easy sustainability story for consumers to relate to, and its high fat content and mild flavor profile make it versatile for both home cooking and restaurants.” In addition to supplying fresh fish, CleanFish is exploring
a branded Nordic Blu smoked salmon product since the fish “takes very well to curing and cold smoking,” Lumea added. The supplier is also growing partnerships and programs with producers it has worked with for years, such as Mauritius redfish, Nordic halibut, and Kefalonia organic branzino.

Nordic Gets Win As Maine DEP Finds Permit Applications Complete

June 14, 2019 - Nordic Aquafarms, the company planning to build a salmon recirculating
aquaculture system (RAS) facility in Belfast, Maine, has scored a victory as the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has found its permit applications can be considered complete. The decision comes after opponents to the project filed multiple objections, one of which claimed that the company hadn’t proved it had sufficient title, right, or interest (TRI) to areas of land along the shoreline. Nordic plans to route in-flow and out-flow pipes into Penobscot Bay via a few parcels of land the company had secured an easement for.

The debate over ownership rights arose when two organizations, Upstream Watch and the Maine Lobstering Union, submitted briefs claiming initial deeds from 1946 indicated the intertidal zone was never conveyed to the individuals – Richard and Janet Eckrote – Nordic had obtained an easement from for their pipelines.

However, according to a letter from the Maine DEP, the department has determined that Nordic has proven they have sufficient  ownership rights to continue the application process. “With respect to the intertidal portion of the property proposed for use, the
department finds that the deeds and other submissions, including NAF’s option to purchase an easement over the Eckrote property and the succession of deeds in the Eckrote chain title, when considered in the context of the common law presumption of conveyance of the intertidal area along with an upland conveyance, constitute a sufficient showing of TRI [title, right, and interest] for the department to process and take action on the pending applications,” the Maine DEP wrote in a letter. The decision does not fully clear Nordic, as if a court determines that the company doesn’t have sufficient TRI, the decision can be revisited.

Regardless, the decision by the department is a significant step forward for the company. “The efforts to achieve such comprehensive  applications has been much broader in scope than any effort to date in Maine and in the North East of USA,” Nordic Aquafarms President Erik Heim said. “Nordic Aquafarms has developed the cleanest discharge solutions in the industry with proven technologies to protect the receiving waters - 99 percent of nutrients are removed and recycled from the residual discharge, with the exception of nitrogen where 85 percent is removed. Bacteria are also removed through microfiltration to protect
the receiving waters. This standard enables scalability to a variety of future locations with minimal ecological impacts.”


A release from Nordic said that the company is in a position to start construction this fall, but that “the pace of the permitting process” will be the deciding factor on the start date of construction.