Why Sustainable Seafood Matters a Boatload

In celebration of Earth Day, this week I wanted to talk about our large selection of Sustainable Seafood. Just like any other aspect of our environment, marine environments are currently under immense pressure due to irresponsible fishing practices. Because of this, the Sustainable Seafood Movement was created and has allowed the consumer to make informed choices that potentially contribute to the conservation of marine biodiversity.


Ecolabels

Sustainable seafood is from either fished or farmed sources that can maintain or increase production in the future without jeopardizing the ecosystems from which it was acquired. There are several Ecolabels and awareness campaigns that seafood companies can apply for and, if approved, can add the label to their website and products. Here are just a few of the larger Ecolabels related to the Sustainable Seafood Movement.

American Tuna

American Tuna is pole and line caught, wild Albacore tuna from the Pacific coast. It is 100% American made, sustainable, traceable, tested safe (mercury), and 3rd party audited. It is owned by American fishermen and helps to support the preservation of artisanal fishermen, micro-canneries, and fishing families that helped pioneer the west coast tuna fishing.  

American Tuna products are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified Sustainable, and they are partners with International Pole & Line Foundation and the American Albacore Fishing Association. 

Health Tip: All their tuna is packed by hand raw, sealed, then pressure-cooked, packing itself in its own fish oil. There is no added oil, water, soy, fillers, or preservatives. This packing method helps to preserve the omega-3’s—7,800mg in a 6-ounce serving, and is designed for no draining—just mix in the oil from the can while breaking up the meat. It is packed with protein—42 grams in a 6-ounce serving and makes for a super convenient lunch that will help you stay full, focused, and heart healthy!!

Coastal Seafoods

Coastal Seafoods is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are committed to selling the best quality, most responsibly sourced seafood, while being as transparent to their customers as possible. They work with a variety of organizations to make sure they are doing their part to help maintain the livelihood of our oceans. Coastal Seafoods was purchased in 2016 by Fortune Fish & Gourmet who is partnered with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified, and is a founding member of Sea Pact.

Cox Seafood

Cox Seafood is a domestically owned shrimp processing company that provides premium domestic, wild-caught, and sustainably raised shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico and the Southern Atlantic.  

Cox Seafood is one of the leaders in the conservation and sustainability of all species of shrimp harvested in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic for over three decades. They are members of Ocean Trust and National Fisheries Institute, and they collaborate with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. Through their partnerships they have helped to establish a 3-million-acre sanctuary which is home to the smaller shrimp that will become next year’s crop.  

Health Tip: Shrimp is very nutritious. It provides a high amount of protein and healthy fats, in addition to a variety of vitamins and minerals. Three ounces of shrimp contains 50% of your daily selenium which helps reduce inflammation and promotes heart health. Shrimp is also one of the best food sources of iodine which is important for proper thyroid function and brain health.

Orca Bay

Orca Bay is a Seattle-based food processing and seafood company. They are specialist in sourcing a wide variety of products from suppliers that share their commitment to protect fisheries for future generations. They know sustainability is important to the customer, so they support and adhere to the standards that have been set by the following organizations. 

Rushing Waters Fisheries

Rushing Waters Fisheries is in Palmyra, Wisconsin. They are in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and has been Wisconsin’s aquaculture leader for farm raised Rainbow Trout since the 1940’s. Artesian springs feed pure clean water through the farm’s 56 ponds and raceways. Their trout are raised in unique habitats that mimic their native environment. With grass boarders and earthen bottoms their ponds contain a diverse ecosystem of aquatic life and provide the trout with access to wild food sources. According to Seafood Watch, this is the “best choice” when it comes to farmed fish and their impact on the environment. 

Scout Canning

Scout Canning is a North American craft seafood cannery. There was a time where canneries were a staple in coastal fishing communities across North America. Local fishermen would bring their catch to be preserved, much like a fine cut of charcuterie. After discovering an 100-year-old canning machine in a friend’s attic, co-founder Chef Charlotte was inspired to revive the tradition.  

They source 100% of their seafood directly from regional fishing communities across Canada and the US. Scout is a Certified B-Corp Pending and proudly a 1% for the Planet member. They also only work with wild seafood species that are not at risk according to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) global standards. Their co-founder and chef Charlotte Langley is the Canadian Chef Ambassador with MSC.

Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood

Wild Alaska is in King Salmon, Alaska (Bristol Bay) and is owned and operated by our good friends Tony and Heather. When you buy from Wild Alaska, you are buying directly from the fisherman! They catch, process, and ship 5 species of wild Pacific salmon. They also source other seafood products from high quality sustainable fisheries. 

Their mission is to care for and protect the Alaskan wilderness, provide consumers with premium, 100% all-natural wild Alaskan salmon, and continually improve their methods of providing the highest quality wild salmon and seafood products to consumers. All their salmon is verified by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). 

More salmon are caught in Bristol Bay area than anywhere else in the world, but it’s not a free-for-all. The fishing of salmon is strictly regulated by the State of Alaska through a limited entry system. Through the efforts of the state and environmentalists, the salmon population is protected and ensured to be viable for years to come.  

Health Tip: Wild caught sockeye salmon is for you—a 3.5-ounce portion provides 23 grams of protein, 730mg of omega-3’s (EPA + DHA), and abundant in vitamins A, C, D, E, niacin, and B-12. 

Here is a recipe from Wild Alaska that takes 30 minutes to make and can be used as an appetizer or a main dish. I like to make these salmon bites and add them to a rice bowl which makes a quick, healthy weeknight dinner.

Wild Planet

Wild Planet is the original sustainable seafood company. Started in 2004, their guiding action is sustainability and every decision they make is to protect the oceans for future generations. 

Their tuna is 100% pole and line caught and only targeting select species. This helps eliminate bycatch and protects juvenile fish so they can grow and reproduce. They also offer species of fish lower on the food chain like sardines, mackerel and anchovies which are more abundant. These smaller fish are also packed with omega-3’s, proteins, and amino acids that make them superfoods.  

Wild Planet partners with small-scale fishermen that have a deep respect for the fish they catch and the oceans that support them and their local communities.

Wixter Seafood

Wixter Market is a boutique seafood shop in Chicago specializing in super frozen, flash frozen, and tinned product from around the world. They source high quality, premium seafood that is sustainable from capture to consumption. They pride themselves on being transparent with their customers. Their belief is the customer should always know where their seafood comes from, and how it is caught/harvested. 

Wixter is a zero-waste food company that never puts personal profit above environmental stewardship. They make sure every fish is utilized to its maximum nutritional benefit by processing the by-products of their production into oils and marine based oils, collagen, protein, calcium, vitamins and other supplements.  

Matt Mixter, Founder of Wixter Seafood

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About Organic Beth

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three who loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips.