Americans don’t eat enough seafood – February 14, 2016

By February 14, 2016Fish Facts

One can effectively argue that fish farming is based on the same paradigm as industrial meat production, that Frankenfish is a frightening creation, but it is hard to dispute that eating seafood is better than eating meat for the health of our bodies and our planet.

Americans on average annually consume about 105 pounds of red meat and 105 pounds of poultry, yet less than 15 pounds of seafood. 90% of Americans do not get the recommended minimum of 8 ounces of seafood weekly, according to a recent USDA analysis. Eating fish dramatically reduces the chances of dying of a heart attack, improves children’s brain development, slows brain aging, lowers the risk of depression and mood disorders, can help with weight management and more. Not to mention deliciousness.

Our friend Arlin Wasserman, founder of Changing Tastes, made a powerful argument in favor of more seafood consumption as the keynote speaker at last week’s Seafood Summit. “Seafood marketers need to do a better job of comparing fish and seafood to other food categories, such as beef or chicken, because the health comparisons are so favorable,” Wasserman said. “If we can reposition seafood as better than other foods for health, environment and other reasons, can win market share from those transitioning away from meat and make ours the ideal protein for the dining and shopping public.”

 

Tony Martin on the dock in Destin, FL with Red Porgies

 

Mahi Mahi, landed in Beaufort, NC, sesame seared and served with wasabi mashed potatoes topped with a honey soy glaze by Chef Jason Reynolds at Ball State University in Muncie, IN

 

One seafood trend gaining traction is that invasive fish species are finding their way onto menus across the country. The idea of improving ecosystems with forks is a favorite of New Haven chef Bun Lai, who is bringing his unique style of eco-conscious cuisine to a pop-up called Prey next month in Miami Beach. From lionfish to asian carp, from blue catfish to spiny dogfish, eating invasives helps fisheries, fishermen, and fishing communities, not to mention delivers deliciousness.

The oceans, covering over 70% of our planet, are arguably our greatest common resource. Yet our oceans remain 95% unexplored, as we know more about the surface of Mars than what goes on beneath the waves. New species are regularly discovered, such as the striped pyjama squid starring in this video. Adorable.

All the best,

from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team

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