At Simply Caught Seafood we take great pride in offering sustainable seafood to western NC. Here are a few ways we work to create a healthy ocean. Keep these points in mind next time you purchase seafood!
Ask yourself, How was your seafood caught?
According to seafoodwath.org, “Ninety percent of the world’s fisheries are now fully exploited, over-exploited, or have collapsed”. Large scale practices started in the late 1800 and have caused havoc on many fisheries. These fishing practices are prevalent today and have mopped up large portions of the oceans fish supply. Here at Simply Caught Seafood, our boats catch our seafood one fish at a time when we are offshore. Our commercial fishing partners also follow strict guidelines that change on a regular basis. These regulations are imperative to the sustainability of many species.
Much like growing a garden certain seafood is available at different times of the year. These seasonal migrations of fish are why certain fresh fish are only available certain months. Several benefits to eating seafood that is readily available off of North Carolina include freshness and cost of the seafood. For example: Mahi migrate heavily of off Morehead City from May through June. This time of year we can expect to have a great catch of “Dolphin”. When we have an overabundance of Mahi the cost will come down. We always supply our catch fresh non-frozen, so we should be delivering great Mahi in May and June.
Buy local and American
People in the United States eat more than 5 billion pounds of seafood annually. Close to 90% come from other countries that might not have the same management practices that we have. The use of antibiotics, unsustainable catch methods, no catch limits, and the resources used to get the fish here are just a few of the problems with imported seafood. While the United States has made huge gains in their sustainable fishing practices many species are still in trouble. Make sure your seafood was caught using a sustainable method and in a local fashion.
Americans typically eat the same five fish day in and day out. Shrimp, tilapia, Pollock, salmon, and canned tuna are in high demand in the United States. These eating habits put a large strain on these populations. Something most people don’t realize is that our coast harbor 100s of delicious fish that one might deem a trash fish. Amberjack, Mullet, Ribbon Fish and Barracuda are just a couple of the fish readily available that taste just as good as Mahi or tuna! One of our goals is to introduce a few different species to the residents of western North Carolina.