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Sea to Table partners with local fishermen from small-scale sustainable wild U.S. fisheries, finding better markets for their catch, connecting fishermen with chefs.

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Underloved Fish

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:15 PM

We all know something is broken when 91% of all seafood consumed in the U.S. comes from outside the U.S, and over two-thirds of all seafood we eat is shrimp, salmon, tilapia (almost all farm-raised under dubious conditions) or canned tuna. Our vast oceans offer a...

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Just Say No to Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:24 PM

How to support sustainable seafood and #eatbetterfish

It is a sad state of affairs that 91 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions. A scathing report to be published in Marine Policy...

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Sustainable Seafood: Healthy Fish, Healthy Fishermen, Healthy Markets

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Sustainability is a big word that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Companies from Monsanto to McDonald's cloak themselves sustainable. In the world of seafood, sustainability often only refers to the fish and the environment. Sea to Table believes that sustainable seafood means healthy...

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Eat Better Fish

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 2:53 PM

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When you eat fish, if you think about where it comes from, what do you imagine? You might guess that it was caught by a fisherman, sold to a store or restaurant, and then enjoyed by a diner. Yet almost always, the path your...

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Is Farmed Fish Really the Answer?

(8) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 3:14 PM

We recently reached a milestone in the history of the human diet: for the first time ever, world farmed fish production topped beef production. In 2013, it's predicted that humans will eat more farmed fish than wild fish. The common refrain is that we need aquaculture because the planet's...

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The True Cost of Food

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 3:20 PM

It seems everywhere we turn there's more scary news about the fish on our plates. Genetically modified salmon appears headed for supermarket shelves, even as a recent study revealed the salmon could escape into the wild and cross-breed, posing a huge environmental risk for wild fish...

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Salmon or Gold?

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:42 PM

Fisherman Christopher Nicolson is gearing up for salmon season. Each summer he makes the long trek to Alaska with his family, from Brooklyn to Bristol Bay, to fish for sockeye salmon from the same camp his grandfather homesteaded in the 1940s. Nicolson's fishing roots go way back. His mother, a native Alaskan, can trace her family's history fishing around the Kenai Peninsula back hundreds of years. "We grew up fishing with my parents, that's just what my family did," says Nicolson. Like the forty million salmon returning each year to the Bristol Bay watershed, Nicolson, along with his parents, cousins, children, and thousands of other fishermen and natives, take part in a cycle that has endured for millennia.

The story of the Nicolson family is one we like to tell often, because it illustrates perfectly the connection between traditional fishing communities, well-managed wild fisheries, and good fish. But it's a story we might not be able to tell for long. Bristol Bay, the largest and most sustainable source of wild salmon in the world, provider of tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of income for people around the country, is in jeopardy. The specter that looms is the proposed Pebble Mine project, the construction of the world's largest open pit mine directly in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. According to the EPA's most recent assessment, the mine would destroy salmon habitat, spread toxic waste into the ecosystem, and change the face of Bristol Bay as we know it.

The situation in Bristol Bay is not just a remote concern affecting a small group of people in a distant place. It affects anyone who cares about the future of our food supply, because Bristol Bay is one of our last sources of truly wild salmon. What can we do to help? The EPA is accepting public comments on their latest draft assessment until May 31. But the best thing we can do to protect Bristol Bay salmon is to eat it, and demonstrate with our choices that we value pure, natural food and healthy communities more than gold. Our friend chef Evan Mallet put it best, "Whether we like it or not, food is politics. What we eat reflects our values." We have a rare opportunity to prevent human greed and destruction before it happens. Take a moment now to tell the EPA that you want to stop Pebble Mine. And if you really want to make a difference, pick up your...

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Why We Need a National Ocean Policy

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 3:45 PM

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This week over one billion people in 192 countries celebrated Earth Day. We planted trees, shared recycling tips, pledged action to combat climate change, and took a moment to reflect on what nature has given us. Wendell Berry once said, "The earth...

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Eat Patriotic Fish

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 2:47 PM

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(left) Unloading dogfish at the dock in Boston, MA; (right) Dogfish dish at the Ashby Inn in Paris, VA

One of the most common questions we encounter is, "How do I know what fish is ok to...

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For Better Food, We Need Better Business

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Last week OxFam America, an organization that aims to reduce poverty and injustice worldwide, released their "Behind the Brands" report, an assessment of the social and environmental policies of the world's ten largest food and beverage companies. OxFam graded companies based on seven criteria: small-scale farmers,...

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Who Can You Trust for Sustainable Seafood?

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 8:34 AM

Last week's NPR investigation on MSC-certified seafood has many questioning where to turn for sustainable seafood. The MSC label is supposed to guarantee that fish are harvested in a way that does no harm to the ecosystem, but this isn't always the case. Take for example the MSC-certified...

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The End of the New England Fisherman?

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:57 AM

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Last week marked a historic turning point for many fishing communities when the New England Fishery Management Council approved deep cuts to the cod quota that are expected to put many fishermen out of business. "That's it. I'm all done. The boat's...

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McSustainable Seafood

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:29 AM

McDonald's, one of America's largest buyers of fish, announced last week that all 'Fillet O'Fish' sandwiches and new 'Fish McBites' will be made from Marine Stewardship Council certified Pacific pollock. While retail chains like Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Target have...

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Farm-to-Table Lessons for Sustainable Seafood

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Congress has been debating giving disaster relief to fishermen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy . This idea of 'fish aid' reminds us of Farm Aid, a movement that helped place the family farmer at the center of our collective awareness. Farm Aid set out to...

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Why Do We Need GMO Farmed Salmon?

(10) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:18 AM

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Bristol Bay salmon fisherman Christopher Nicolson

There are plenty of reasons to oppose genetically engineered salmon, ranging from consumer health concerns to environmental risk, but there's a larger question we need to ask in the debate around Frankenfish: what...

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Climate Change Challenges New England Fishermen

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 10:49 AM

For years scientists have been blaming fishermen for depleted cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine, but now evidence points to another culprit -- climate change. Recent reports have found that changing ocean temperatures are responsible for shifting fish populations. As waters warm, cod are swimming...

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A Feast of Seven (Sustainable) Fishes

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:51 PM

Among all the ways to celebrate the holidays, we can't help but be partial to the Mediterranean tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seafood-centric dinner that takes place on Christmas Eve. Where we come from, any celebration is a good excuse to eat fish, and...

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Just Say No to Antibiotic-Infused Shrimp

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Meet the Wood family. The Woods have been fishing in the sleepy Gulf coast town of Port St. Joe, Florida since 1860. Around 1950, Grandpa Wood took up shrimping, with only a small wooden boat and his son Buddy by his side. A decade later, following encouragement from a local...

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Shining Light on an Opaque Seafood Industry

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Before any of us could sleep easy at night knowing that fish cops are keeping our waterways safe, the Boston Globe blew the whistle on yet another case of seafood fraud. This time around, the culprit was North Coast Seafoods, one of New England's largest distributors,...

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Whatcha Gonna Do When the Fish Cops Come for You?

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:50 PM

There's a new sheriff in town, but unlike his land-roaming brethren, these cops are after aquatic crimes. From shrimp heists to illegal fishing, dolphin shootings to whale ship strikes, fishy crimes (in the literal sense) are abundant, but thankfully NOAA's fish cops...

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