SEAFOOD UPDATE 20-06-2019

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Thursday, 20 Jun 2019

FOR ALL OUR BUYERS AND CHEFS:

KING KAMPACHI

 Kampachi

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

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 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.

LOCAL MONKFISH

Monkfish Tails

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.

BRONZINO 6/800G

Bronzino

These fish, which average 1.5 pounds, 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.

10 Nations To Jointly Study Marine Resources Of The Arctic

June 19, 2019 - A two-day conference of scientific experts from Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Korea, China, Sweden, Japan, and the European Union in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk resulted in an agreement to conduct more research on Arctic fisheries. The April meeting was the first after an agreement between the 10 countries was signed in October of last year. The legally binding accord prohibits all
commercial fishing in the Central Arctic until the nations additional surveys of stocks, their sizes, and how the region’s ecosystems operate. The agreement also included a draft of a joint research plan, with details to be discussed later this year and with implemented stalled until all the participating states ratify the agreement. There is almost no data on high Arctic stocks, as nearly all the Arctic countries have only surveyed their own 200-mile
exclusive economic zones. The only known study of the high seas was conducted by scientists from the Stockholm University. Its results presented at the conference brought some surprise and made it clear that more extensive research is needed, according to Vasily Sokolov, deputy head of the Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries.

“The Arctic Ocean was supposed to contain no great marine biological resources to be of interest for commercial fisheries. But it turned out that stocks of Arctic cod seem to be there, which means that fishing there may be commercially  attractive,” Sokolov said. “The density of stocks increases toward the polar cap.” Sokolov called for additional research, saying the initial Stockholm University assessment was conducted solely using acoustic surveys, without taking any samples.

Scientists have called for a data-sharing initiative on fish stocks in the high Arctic, spearheaded by a special international body that would communicate findings with the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commision (NEAFC), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).
The initiative would be charged with leading the development of a new methodology for collecting data, including such issues as fishing gear, process of survey, information exchange between the countries.

However, numerous obstacles remain before the research project gets underway. “We don’t know now which vessels will be deployed in surveys. Another issue is how to verify data collected," Sokolov said, as quoted by TASS news agency. In addition to the methodology issues, an additional hurdle must be overcome in that the plan must be formally ratified by all the countries involved. Currently, only Russia, which initiated the conference, has ratified the  agreement. It may take one to two years for the other countries to ratify, which is likely to create delays in the joint surveying agreed to by the parties present at the conference.

“We hope all the participants will go through the ratification process soon to be able to conduct full scale research,”  Sokolov said. In the meantime, each country may perform surveys individually or within bilateral or multilateral cooperative agreements. Russia itself is pursuing studies in its own Arctic waters – in 2019, two scientific ships will explore
the Bering Sea, the Sea of Laptev, the Chukchee Sea, the Barents Sea, the Kara Sea, and the East Siberian Sea to study their marine resources, environment, the availability of feed provision, size, and distribution of stocks. Scientists’ focus will be primarily on cod, Arctic cod, herring, halibut, flounder, opilio crab, candle fish, and navaga.

Chinese Aquaculture Project Seeks To Reverse Sea-Bed Desertification

June 18, 2019 - A city on China’s heavily overfished Yellow Sea coast is seeking to create artificial reefs on an industrial scale as part of its plan for offshore aquaculture. Vessels are dropping pre-fabricated concrete boxes into Bohai Bay, off the shore of Tangshan in Hebei Province, as part of the Tangshan Ocean Pasture project. The project is driven by local government and which involves the Tangshan Ocean Ranch Co. working alongside researchers from the Ocean Research Institute at the China Academy of Sciences, an institution that enjoys much prestige among policymakers and the public in China. The 
white concrete boxes are loaded with seeds and microorganisms intended to anchor algae and thus promote the growth of shellfish and fish, according to a statement from
Tangshan Ocean Ranch Co., which also noted that overfishing and pollution had turned much of the seabed into
“deserts.”

Ringed by a necklace of some of China biggest ports: Dalian, Tianjin, Tangshan (the collective name for three ports: Caofedian, Jingtang and Fennan), and Huanghua, the Bohai Bay’s ecosystem has been ruined by overfishing and land reclamation that has destroyed much of its wetlands. Bohai Bay has suffered from excesses of nitrogen and phosphorous, as well as oil spills and petrochemical pollution, according to a report prepared by the China Academy of Science.