Diet, local routes and knowing where your fish comes from.
From LAINE WELCH
23 August 2021
(SitNews) – This multi-message forms the nexus of a new partnership between the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, salmon fishermen and Bambino’s Baby Food of Anchorage.
Bambino’s launched the country’s first subscription service for home delivery of frozen baby food in 2015 and was the first to introduce the frozen (excluding seafood) baby food shelves option.
Wild Alaskan seafood has always been at the top of Bambino’s menu since the baby-sized, star-shaped hali halibut portions, sockeye salmon bisques and fillets were introduced in 2015. Sockeye salmon bite strips are the newest addition. These items became an instant hit and are shipping to customers all over the US and Canada.
Each shipping box now contains recipes from Bristol Bay residents, stories of how traditional foods are rooted in Alaskan culture, and other information about the area provided by the new outreach network.
“We look forward to partnering with Bambino’s and BBRSDA to share the stories of why salmon is so important to our region and our shareholders,” said Jason Metrokin, President and CEO of BBNC. “Salmon is a fundamental part of our cultures and values, from protecting the waters they spawn in to making sure our shareholders can fill their freezers every year.”
“We want to ensure that people everywhere and of all ages are not only reaping the nutritional benefits of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, but are also aware of the origin and sustainability of the region,” said Lilani Dunn, Marketing Director of BBRSDA, operated and funded by the fleet a tax of 1% on their catches of almost 1,800 driftnet fishermen.
“Bambinos really built their business and brand, and it was no secret that their sockeye product worked really well. And we saw a great opportunity in the marketing program to tell our stories with an emphasis on the local families and culture of Bristol Bay and for ourselves, ”said Dunn. “Together with our partners, I am very passionate about the nutritional benefits of sockeye salmon, especially for small infants and young children.”
“The nice thing about all of this is that we all care about our environment and the health and well-being of our families and we all want to know where our food comes from,” said Zoi Maroudas, founder and CEO of Bambino.
“The synergy between BBNC and us, and working with an Alaskan company, just adds a lot of depth to the Bristol Bay area,” added BBRSDA’s Dunn. “It’s definitely something special and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Bambino’s was named Alaska Maker of the Year in 2018. All of its products are made in Anchorage and are available at Safeway / Carrs and other grocery stores across Southcentral Alaska and on Amazon.
Good news for GOA sea creatures!
The results of the most detailed long-term cruise by researchers from the University of Alaska / Fairbanks showed the highest levels of phytoplankton ever observed in nearly 25 years of sampling in much of the Gulf of Alaska.
Phytoplankton (microalgae) are the basis of marine food webs and the massive bloom was along the way from May to September Seward line, a transect of survey stations that begins at the mouth of Resurrection Bay and continues south to the outer edge of the continental shelf. A funding boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF) added additional lines from the Copper River to beyond Middleton Island and from Kodiak’s Albatross Bank to offshore waters.
Researchers use chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants, as an indicator of phytoplankton abundance, said Russ Hopcroft, professor and chair of the oceanography department at the UAF’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
“It’s the peak production in this system that all Gulf biology starts from, this great infusion of energy and matter,” said Hopcroft. “Usually the shelf lights up briefly and sporadically in relation to the algae concentration. But last year the whole shelf was continuously lit high in chlorophyll for several weeks, which means there should be plenty of food for the things that feed on the plankton, the fish that feed on it, and then the bigger fish , Marine mammals and sea birds that use them. We have never seen such a concentration of phytoplankton in the system. “
“In the Gulf region, several of the most important species rely on this flower to grow quickly and store fat in their bodies, just like bears do,” he added. “And then they descend deep into the ocean to wait for their life cycle to begin the following spring when they lay eggs. And these babies swim to the surface and start the whole process all over again. “
Alaska’s cooler weather this spring and summer may result in prolonged flowering, and additional rainfall creates fresh water on the ocean surface, which helps keep phytoplankton closer to light and build higher concentrations.
Hopcroft said this year “looks like it should bring a lot of energy into the system” and hopefully can recover some things that were hit by the extreme ocean heat wave a few years ago that caused the collapse of cod stocks in the Gulf, for example .
“I think our expectation would be that the success of animals released into the golf system this year will be higher than what we have seen in some of those warmer periods,” he said. “One would hope that this would translate into the cessation of various types of fisheries over the next few years.”
Wrong fish update:
Long John Silver’s is the first major national seafood chain to add plant-based seafood analogues to its menu, calling it the “next big wave” after seeing the success of plant-based burgers and chicken. Analogs are manufactured substances that are used in place of the real ones.
Last month, the company, which operates over 700 restaurants in the United States, announced a partnership with Good Catch to test its breaded fish-free fillet and breaded, plant-based crab-free cakes in restaurants in California and Georgia.
“Our plant-based options are slightly more expensive than the crab cakes and sustainably sourced cod, saithe and salmon that make up our core menu options,” said LJS Chief Marketer Stephanie Mattingly Seafood source, and adds that the plant-based seafood market is projected to grow by $ 1.3 billion over the next decade.
Whole Foods Market, owned by Amazon, said nearly half of US consumers are looking for plant-based products, and fish alternatives are on its first list of trending predictions.
One is Upton’s Naturals banana blossom, large, purple-skinned flowers that grow at the end of a bunch of bananas. Its neutral taste and flaky texture make it an ideal fish substitute. Another predicted favorite is Good catch of fish-free tuna made from a mixture of peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans.
Samuels and Son Seafood of Philadelphia, PA is the first company that publicly admit it is selling Frankenfish, a genetically modified Atlantic salmon made by AquaBounty Technologies of Massachusetts. The restaurant wholesaler serves several chains, including McCormick and Schmicks, Morton’s Steakhouse and The Hard Rock Café.
The fish, which grows around three times faster than normal salmon, is the first genetically modified animal to be approved for human consumption by the federal government. Over 80 food companies including Safeway, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods have stated they will refuse to ship it.
The Federal Labeling Act “instructs” companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients by using a QR code, wording on the packaging or a symbol. Mandatory compliance will go into effect in January 2022, but the rules do not apply to restaurants or out-of-home providers.
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