SEAFOOD UPDATE 20-01-2020

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Monday, 20 Jan 2020

FOR ALL OUR BUYERS AND CHEFS:

EAST COAST HALIBUT

Eastcoasthalibut

Our Halibut is caught by demersal longline. 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° – 130° F, this leaves the fish tender and moist.

ICELANDIC COD

Icelandic Cod

From deep cold waters of Iceland, these Cod are up to 25lbs, and beautiful. Under the skin is a little bit of extra fat to keep the lean fish moist during cooking. With large white flakes great for a soup, stew or pan roasted.

TUNA 2+ LOIN SPECIAL

Tuna 2+ Lion Special

We cut these loins from smaller Tunas, loins are 6- 10# each. Amazing red color and fresh flavor. Great savings over larger Tuna prices. MUST be called in as Tuna 2+ Loin Special

TILGHMAN ISLAND OYSTERS

Tilghman Island Oysters

Grown in an area off Maryland’s Tilghman Island that has the best mix of brackish (salt and sweet) water. Meats are firm and cramy with a briny finish, the best Happy Hour oyster!!

Maine Aquaculture Association Launches Video To Boost State’s Farmers

January 20, 2020 - The Maine Aquaculture Association has kicked off a new video series focused on telling the personal stories of aquatic farmers throughout the state to increase public visibility and underscore how aquaculture complements existing marine industries in coastal communities. The series, titled “The Faces of Maine’s Working Waterfront,” borrows a premise that has boded well for the state’s commercial fishing industry – interviewing industry members at work out on the water to give consumers an inside look at the trade. The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has been producing a video series called “Hard Tellin’” for a couple years.

“People are looking for local, fresh, healthy seafood produced here in the state of Maine, so our challenge is to meet that demand,” Andrew Lively, vice president of global marketing at Cooke Aquaculture, said in a video focused on the company’s family-founded origins in Canada and operations in Maine. In the video, Lively explains that Cooke Aquaculture is operating numerous locations previously occupied by the state’s herring fishery, which has declined in certain areas. “I believe aquaculture is able to supplement the industries that are here and enhance some of the industries that are here. It has become part of the landscape here in Maine,” Lively said. “Aquaculture has been able to come into communities and change the economy ... but it’s still a marine-based economy, a working waterfront economy.”

David Morang, a former lobsterman and current Cooke employee, explains how he left the fishing industry and wound up working at a mill before finding his way back to the water in the aquaculture business. The series’ second installment highlights Marshall Cove Mussel Farm, a mussel farm on the northwest side of Islesboro, Maine. Lobsterman Josh Conover and his wife, Shey, operate the mussel farm that currently employs four to five workers yearround. “It’s a clean, environmentally friendly occupation – it’s helping water quality, it’s not hurting it,” Josh said. “I think as long as people are good stewards of the industry and stick to the rigorous standards and, it will only help us.”

The farm supplies mussels to Maine restaurants, wholesalers in the state and is beginning to ship their product throughout New England. “Aquaculture has been a new industry for Islesboro,” Shey said. “We’re very much still on the ramp-up side of things – out first year we harvested 700 pounds and our second year we harvested 7,000 pounds, and we're just now this year getting to the point where we’re harvesting 7,000 pounds a month.” Afton Hupper, the MAA’s outreach & development specialist, told the Ellsworth American that production cost of the video program is “a moving target” and that the MAA is paying for them now “but also trying to raise some external funding.”

Kingfish Zeeland Signs Cooperative Agreement With The University Of Maine

January 16, 2020 - Kingfish Zeeland has begun to use hatchery and business incubatin services provided by the university’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine, according to the company. Specifically, Kingfish Zeeland is working with the CCAR to build its yellowtail broodstock and scale for production at the planned farm in Jonesport.“We see building an early and strong relationship with the University of Maine and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research as an asset to Kingfish Zeeland as we scale in the U.S.,” Kingfish Zeeland CEO Ohad Maiman said in a press release. “With this contract, UMaine will serve as an important strategic partner for our team here in Maine.”

CCAR provides business incubation services to new and expanding aquaculture companies. It is familiar with the species of yellowtail Kingfish Zeeland seeks to grow (Seriola lalandi), having successfully grown out four batches of juveniles since it began its yellowtail program in 2011 for now-defunct Acadia Harvest. The CCAR program received Great Bay Aquaculture’s yellowtail broodstock originally coursed from California and Chile when the company closed operations in 2013.

Maine Aquaculture Association Launches Video To Boost State’s Farmers (cont’d)

Kingfish Zeeland is currently in the early design and engineeringphase for its proposed $110 million facility in Jonesport, to be located near Chandler Bay on Route 187, according to the company. The company is aiming to produce antibiotic-free product certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) programs. In addition to its move into the U.S., it is also planning to expand its original RAS facility in Kats, The Netherlands to accommodate 5,000 metric tons of annual production by late 2020 or early 2021, according to Maiman. Early on in its existence, Kingfish Zeeland formed a fruitful partnership Wageningen University to help build its broodstock selection program.

The company’s operations manager, Megan Sorby, said that partnership “was important to the early success of the Netherlands operation.” “It’s our goal to replicate that success with our University of Maine partners here in the U.S.,” Sorby said. “We are working with an existing broodstock of Yellowtail at CCAR. This partnership will allow us to expand this broodstock and build up a hatchery as we move forward with our Maine facility.” Since landing in Jonesport, Kingfish Zeeland has also made connections with the local high school. According to Mike Kelley, principal of Jonesport-Beals High School, Kingfish Zeeland executives are helping to form a curriculum for a new aquaculture-focused training program
run in partnership with the Downeast Institute – a marine laboratory and education center.