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Guest opinion: The moral imperative for aquaculture.

Guest opinion: The moral imperative for aquaculture.

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Seafood | 0 comments

  Guest blogger Bob Rheault, PhD is the Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and a member of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Council; he was an oyster farmer in Rhode Island for 25 years.   Recently the New York Times ran an opinion series in its Room For Debate section titled, Too Few Fish in the Sea, asking the...

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Boston Seafood Show photos

Boston Seafood Show photos

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Seafood | 0 comments

Opening day at the Boston Seafood Show was packed with people from all over the world. If last year’s theme was sustainability, I think this year’s theme was buy, sell, brand, distribute and market. I didn’t get a warm fuzzy feeling over traceability and sustainability, this year; of buying local and choosing “trash fish” over...

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McDonald’s getting its feet wet.

McDonald’s getting its feet wet.

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 7 comments

McDonald’s will be launching, late this year, their $1 Fish McBites. I’m guessing the fish is  U.S. caught Alaskan pollock. This is the opposite of buy local, keep your dollars in town. This is the other business model: fish/ process industry partners with mega-food giant McDonald’s and comes up with product at a very affordable price....

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Giant tuna don’t forget.

Giant tuna don’t forget.

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in Commercial Fishing, Nature | 1 comment

It’s a bit like the children’s book, “Where’s Waldo?” or for an older generation where’s Richard Scarry’s “Goldbug.” But instead of one Waldo in the photograph, there are many. I can count about 12 giant tuna in this photo. You have to look carefully, squinting your eyes through the glare, but the fish...

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After Hurricane Sandy. Sam and I go looking for things.

After Hurricane Sandy. Sam and I go looking for things.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Nature | 6 comments

After searching the Town Beach in Narragansett (with what seemed like hundreds of other people) for any storm-tossed treasures, and finding only a surf clam shell, my stepson, Sam, and I decided to go for higher ground and find a place no other beachcombers had been. The storm surge had gone a couple of hundred yards inland, so we headed in that direction,...

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Quick notes from my first fish spotting flight.

Quick notes from my first fish spotting flight.

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Commercial Fishing | 2 comments

Wayne Davis’ spotter plane. Bare-bones, old-school. No steering wheel (he drives with a stick), 2 tiny seats, one in front of the other. Single prop. There was no flight attendant, no drink service, and no bathroom. We were in the air for 6 hours. Wayne’s mission was not to find bluefin tuna for a stick boat to harpoon (what Wayne often does,...

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