Beaufort, NC emergency officials said a fire broke out early last Saturday at the Beaufort Inlet Seafood Company, our unload dock. Fire officials said close to 50 fire personnel were on scene battling the blaze. When they first arrived, flames were “through the roof”. Beaufort Assistant Fire Chief Richard Lovick said approximately 75 percent of the building is a loss, but happily no one was injured. Peak fishing season is approaching off Cape Hatteras, and boats are landing fish. The boys in Beaufort are scrambling hard to off-load and process, and we want to send them our best wishes, and send them some love by sending them orders.
S2T’s Lindsay Haas visited our newest dock last week in Hampton Bays, NY. Located at Shinnecock Inlet, gateway to the Hamptons, day boats are landing fluke, mahi, tuna, sword, scallops, and squid. Real nice folks with beautiful fish.
President Obama is creating the largest protected area on the planet. The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, established in 2006 by President George W. Bush, already covered 140,000 square miles of ocean around the uninhabited northwestern islands of Hawaii. (Learn about the name and how to pronounce it.) Obama more than quadrupled Papahānaumokuākea’s size, to 582,578 square miles, an area larger than all the national parks combined, and twice the size of Texas. All commercial extraction activities, including fishing and future deep-sea mining, will be prohibited in the expanded monument area. Hawaii governor David Ige remarked “it can be a model for sustainability in the other oceans of planet Earth.”
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved an amendment to protect more than 50 unmanaged forage fish species.“Forage species play a vital role in maintaining the productivity and structure of marine ecosystems” said the Council’s Chairman, Rick Robins.
Managing forage fish, upon which the ocean’s food chain is built, and creating development free zones in open oceans are two critical components of long term global thinking for the sustainable growth of wild fish populations.
If we take care of the ocean, she will take care of us.
All the best,
from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team