October is Seafood Month and it is the perfect time to launch a new addition to the Blue Ocean website. For me, seafood is the most engaging and compelling ingredient. The rich bounty of textures and tastes makes cooking it a lot of fun. Many of the species that we most commonly enjoy as seafood are not faring so well in their lives as fish. We have put enormous pressure on populations to provide for us and those populations are suffering from it. However, many of the species not faring so well are easily replaced in tonight’s dinner by some delicious and ocean-friendly options. What is great about seafood is the possibility to substitute is nearly infinite and in the process you might find a new more sustainable favorite.
Stephen Colbert sure knows how to get a guffaw over serious issues. Tuesday night he had “Her Deepness,” Dr. Sylvia Earle, as a guest on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report - you may recall we honored Sylvia at our 2007 Gala. Sylvia talks to Colbert about her new book, The World Is Blue, and why the ocean is so important to all life on Earth.
Haddock are a demersal (=bottom-living) fish found throughout the coastal regions of the North Atlantic, from northeast U.S. to Norway. Related to Atlantic cod, Haddock are commercially fished throughout their range, with most caught using bottom trawling. After decades of overfishing, good management and strong recruitment in recent years has promoted high abundances in some regions. Decades of fishing pressure, however, has changed their life history characteristics.