Sea Pact Announces New Grant Recipients

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As a founding member of Sea Pact, we’re excited to announce the recipients of our third round of grants! The Fall 2014 grant recipients are the University of North Texas (UNT), for a research project utilizing probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics for improving growth and survival in marine finfish aquaculture, and WWF Chile’s Aquaculture Improvement Project to transition the Chilean …

FDA Conducts DNA Testing on Commonly Mislabeled Fish

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We’ve been keeping a balanced conversation about seafood fraud alive here on the Blog, and recently worked to stop the State of California from implementing new seafood labeling laws – not because we don’t think seafood fraud is a problem, but because we think it’s a problem best handled by implementing laws that already exist. However, all the negative press about …

Are you Serving up a Buzz with Seasonal Seafood?

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Because of wild seafood’s often seasonal nature, it lends itself well to “limited time offerings” which research is showing can provide that certain “buzz” that your customers are looking for. According to an article from The SmartBlog on Food and Beverage, “…limited time offerings, or LTOs, are nothing new in the restaurant industry, with brands marketing the limited availability or …

News from the WWF Peruvian Mahi Mahi FIP

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We just received some detailed updates from the WWF Peruvian Mahi Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), one of our RSVP funding recipients. Here’s a summary of some of the great progress they’ve made recently: Signing of Addendum No. 01 to IMARPE Convention with WWF In July, Addendum No.01 to the Specific Agreement on Technical Cooperation was signed between WWF and the Instituto del Mar del Peru (IMARPE) with the aim of transferring funds to develop activities that strengthen biological information gathering with an emphasis on the …

Frazier Farms Market Owner Nick Frazier

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We’re switching things up a little this month and featuring a customer who is not a chef – well, not technically at least, but Nick Frazier would be the first to tell you that it’s cooking, and good cooking, that drives him (at work and at home). As the third generation owner of Frazier Farms Markets, Nick lets the pursuit …

Governor Vetoes CA Senate Bill 1138

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We just received a copy of the California Governor’s official Veto of SB1138.  As you might recall we’ve been working for this veto – so we’re glad to know that the Governor agreed with us that although we need to continue to fight seafood fraud, this isn’t the best approach. Here’s the Governor’s letter: To Members of the California State …

Tell the Gov to Veto CA Senate Bill 1138!

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On August 29, the California legislature passed a bill that would add a significant new burden on restaurants serving seafood. This bill will have a significant impact on you and your waitstaff, and we encourage you to STAND UP and fight for your right to serve seafood in the state of California! Here’s a little bit of background: Senate bill …

Great News for Local Fish & Fishermen

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Some Very good news from the hard working team at Seafood Watch has been buzzing in the news all week!  They recently announced that all groundfish caught in California, Oregon and Washington are either now ranked a Seafood Watch “Good Alternative” or “Best Choice”. This reflects a continuing pattern of improvement for U.S.-managed fisheries. Factors contributing to fishery improvements and …

Executive Chef John Medall

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When we asked Executive Chef John Medall (of The Patio on Lamont and The Patio on Goldfinch) to talk to us about some of his favorite seafood dishes, he went straight for the Spanish Octopus with Gigante Bean Ragout. “I love cooking with items that some see as unappealing,” he told us. The menus at both the Patio on Lamont …