When the original Plymouth Colony celebrated their first harvest, the center of the plate was focused on creatures from the sea, as Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote in a letter dated December 12, 1621. “Our bay is full of lobsters all the summer and affordeth variety of other fish; in September we can take a hogshead of eels in a night, with small labor, and can dig them out of their beds all the winter. We have mussels, cod and bass and other fish… at our doors.” As the popularity of sustainable seafood continues to grow, many will want to celebrate Thanksgiving in a truly traditional way. From the Gulf of Maine beautiful Haddock, Hake, Pollock, and Rockfish are landing, and we are now working with a lobsterman shipping hard shells same day pulled. From Southern New England we are landing Fluke, Bluefish, Skate, Monkfish and Scallops. Sounds like a Thanksgiving feast.
Although New England’s waters may not be as full of fish today, stocks are increasing across the board, and catch share management systems are being embraced by traditional fishing communities that had once been skeptical. “To ensure a vibrant future for our local fishing economies”, a Congressional delegation is working to assure the interests of small-scale fisheries and the communities they support.
From the Gulf of Mexico, we are now working with boats landing at Destin on Florida’s panhandle. Over the past year Gulf seafood has become the world’s most carefully monitored and tested, and the surprising results have shown all to be perfectly safe. Well managed fish populations are abundant, and after dealing with hurricanes and oil spills, these fishing communities need support. Not to mention that Grouper, Snapper, Tuna, Kingfish, Trigger, and Mullet are delicious.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a global problem that threatens healthy ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. It undermines the sustainable practices of legitimate fishing operations in the United States, and elsewhere, and presents unfair market competition to sustainable seafood products. An estimated $10 to $23 billion in global value is lost annually due to IUU fishing. President Obama submitted to the Senate, for its advice and consent, a new treaty designed to combat illegal fishing activities worldwide. Although this is only a first step, it is a step in the right direction.
This week we will only be shipping on Monday and Tuesday, so please give us a call to assure happy diners.