Seafood is one of the most complex and misunderstood foods in the world. There are seemingly endless varieties of fish and shellfish available to enjoy. Many seafood lovers, who would not hesitate to order salmon, shrimp, or scallops at a restaurant, do not prepare seafood in their home kitchen because they are not sure how to cook it. Seafood Wholesalers California
After 60+ years in the seafood industry, there is a common set of questions that we at North Coast Seafoods hear time and time again. So we’ve broken down the most frequently asked questions about seafood. Seafood Wholesalers California
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Eating 2-3 servings (at least 8 ounces) of fish and shellfish each week, as recommended by the USDA, has been linked to the following possible benefits:
Every five years, the USDA revises their Dietary Guidelines and each time seafood gets a bigger shout out for being a nutritional powerhouse. This recommendation was reinforced in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is also supported by the American Heart Association (AHA). View them here.
Both Wild Caught and Farmed seafood can be high quality, sustainable, and delicious choices. And both are essential to ensuring continued seafood availability for future generations.
When purchasing both wild caught and farmed seafood, it is important to check that the product is Certified Sustainable to ensure that it has been produced according to responsible standards. Look for the MSC logo on wild caught seafood and the ASC or BAP logos on farm raised seafood.
This is probably the question we get most often and a question that has an incredibly intricate, multi-dimensional answer. BOTH fresh and frozen can be excellent options, depending on a variety of factors.
Advancements in “Flash Freezing” technology have revolutionized frozen seafood, making it possible to retain it's natural freshness, nutrients, texture, and flavor without compromising quality.
Fresh doesn’t inherently equate to superior quality, just like frozen doesn't always mean inferior quality. There is a lot that can happen between time of catch, the time you are purchasing at the store level, and the time you are finally cooking.
When buying fresh seafood, it is important to purchase from a trusted supplier or retailer and evaluate quality based on the specifications laid out below.North Coast is proud to offer premium quality seafood, available directly from the source, and delivered to your door.
Yes, and they are encouraged to do so!
Most definitely! The nutrition that a proper seafood diet provides is influential in a child's physical and developmental health, the FDA and EPA support.
We believe in the importance of a healthy seafood diet for children so strongly that in 2014, North Coast Seafoods began our K-12 “Real Food for Healthier Kids” seafood program to "offer all school children the health benefits of adding seafood to their weekly school lunch program.”
By definition, the raising of aquatic organisms from juvenile through adult stage under carefully controlled conditions.
It is important to remember that just like farm-raised chicken – there are good farms and bad farms. North Coast is committed to sourcing only from Certified Sustainable operations through our partnerships with the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) to ensure the highest quality process and end product.
Seafood is a nutrient dense food and an excellent source of protein, often with fewer calories and saturated fats as compared to other center of the plate proteins. See the figures below for a comparison to other center of the plate proteins, based on a 4-ounce raw portion.
Statistics pulled from the USDA Nutrient Database.
Before diving into the particulars of overfishing, stocking density, and other important aspects of seafood sustainability, let’s zoom out and focus on the big picture: virtually all forms of seafood contribute less to global warming and environmentaldegradation than beef and pork. If you want to help the planet with a no-brainer, totally uncomplicated dietary modification, swap out that pork chop or T-bone for seafood of virtually any description.
That said, some seafood is exceptionally sustainable - mollusks, wild fish from well-managed fisheries, and herbivorous farmed fish like tilapia raised without chemical or antibiotic use are good examples.
Simply put - sustainable seafood means seafood that is caught, farmed, or harvested using environmentally harmonious and socially responsible methods that does not jeopardize long term ocean health or stability of the species in question. Sustainability is crucial to ensure continued availability of seafood for future generations.
Both wild and farmed seafood can be sustainable. With seafood consumption rising worldwide, well-managed ocean-raised (farmed) fish can take pressure off wild fisheries, where 90% of wild fish stocks are harvested at full capacity.
For Wild Caught Seafood, sustainability means the populations are well-managed and not overfished, and the fishing method has minimal impact on habitat and other wildlife (limiting bycatch and minimizing damage to marine habitats).
Fisheries in the US, Canada, and Europe are well-managed by government authorities. So, for New Englanders, local fish is reliably sustainable, as overexploited local stocks such as cod aren’t open to commercial fishing.
For Aquaculture, sustainability means minimizing impacts to the environment by limiting habitat damage, pollution, escapes of farmed fish and using sustainable feed ingredients.
Contrary to popular belief, not all farmed salmon, for instance, is raised in pens stocked so tightly that their living conditions are dirty. In Norway, where some of the world’s best salmon is raised, pens are sparsely stocked, so the fish have plenty of room to swim around; the tides flowing in and out of Norwegian fjords are vigorous, washing huge quantities of perfectly clean water through the pens every day.
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