Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach to prepare for the Fourth of July, because the Aquarium of the Pacific would like to draw attention to Seafood for the Future (SFF), a non-profit seafood advisory and promotion program promoting healthy and responsible seafood choices.
Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific to prepare for the Fourth of July. The Aquarium of the Pacific would like to draw attention to Seafood for the Future (SFF), a non-profit seafood advisory and promotion program promoting healthy and responsible seafood choices by building a network of businesses (restaurants, distributors, and producers) committed to providing better seafood choices from well managed fisheries or farms.
While U.S. seafood is among the best managed in the world, 91 percent of seafood consumed in this country is imported. Much of this imported seafood comes from countries with minimal or no effective management in place to ensure healthy stocks, ecosystems, and communities. Aside from the country of origin, U.S. consumers often have no way of knowing how imported fish was caught or produced, or if future fish stocks, ecosystems, and communities are being protected.
Buying U.S. seafood supports U.S. fishermen and fisheries. Fishing and aquaculture are important to the U.S. economy. Buying local helps keep dollars and jobs in the U.S. and rewards those who are abiding by a stringent suite of rules and regulations designed to promote healthy ocean ecosystems and communities. Seafood harvested and produced in the U.S. is subject to strict regulations from a number of state and federal agencies, including state fish and wildlife departments, NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition, regional fishery management councils work with NOAA Fisheries to develop management plans specific to their regions. The councils include representatives from the fishing industry, environmental groups, states, and tribes.
There are about 100 federal laws guiding U.S. fisheries and aquaculture management, including the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management, Environmental Protection, Marine Mammal Protection, and the Endangered Species Acts. While we might sometimes complain about bureaucracies and red tape, these regulations are designed to ensure fish stocks are healthy, fishing and farming methods minimize impacts on the environment, the seafood on your plate is safe to eat, and fisheries and farms can provide economic sustainability for those who depend on the industry. (Information courtesy a Seafood for the Future article published on Menuism.com on May 21, 2103.)
An article in SupermarketNews.com looks at the latest Truven Health-Analytics-NPR Health Poll, which shows most Americans would like to purchase sustainable seafood. Thirty-two percent of respondents said it was important the seafood they buy is sustainable, while 21% said it was very important. In addition, 77% said sustainable fishing in general was important or very important. About half of those surveyed said they would pay more for sustainable seafood; 22% would pay a 10-20% premium.
However, the poll also showed that Americans are also skeptical about sustainable claims on seafood. Two-thirds said they were only somewhat confident about sustainability labels, and 19% were not at all confident. (Courtesy SupermarketNews.com)
Mislabeling and seafood fraud issues have been a hot topic in the news. Fish caught in the open ocean, outside the jurisdiction of any country, often pass through several ports for processing and packing before being shipped to the U.S., providing lots of opportunities for mislabeling to occur. Illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing is untraceable and a major contributor to seafood fraud. It also violates conservation and management measures with negative consequences for fisheries, marine ecosystems, food security, and coastal communities across the globe and often operates with slave and child labor. IUU fishing vessels rob those who are fishing legally of up to $23 billion per year. The U.S. is working with the international community to combat IUU fishing. However, seafood caught and sold in the U.S. has fewer steps in getting from the source to the consumer, and there are checks and balances all along the way. Choosing domestic seafood minimizes fish fraud and the purchase of seafood caught by IUU vessels. (For more information, click HERE.
Sustainable seafood is defined not only for its nutritional value, but also because of how it is caught and the environmental impact of its fishing methods. Seafood for the Future provides a list of sustainable seafood on their website at as well as a list of places that sell sustainable seafood.
Today’s segment features the California white sea bass and California spot prawns which are available for purchase at Santa Monica Seafood. SFF also provides a seasonality chart that shows what seafood is available by season. You can access this chart by clicking HERE.
For those who would rather go out to eat on this Fourth of July holiday, Seafood for the Future provides a list of restaurants that are committed to providing sustainable seafood on their menus. For more information, click HERE.
In honor of the Fourth of July, the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a BBQ from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will be open late night until 11 p.m. Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish eye view of the City of Long Beach fireworks display. Wave the flag, watch the fireworks, and enjoy some freshly grilled BBQ. You’ll also be able to journey inside the Aquarium to see wonders of the sea.
- Ginger Mint Infused Summer Fruit Salad – Cherries, Peaches, Watermelon, Melon, Pomegranate and Pineapple.
- Napa Cabbage Slaw: Cole Slaw finished with fresh Dill.
- Garlic Potato Salad: Baby red Potatoes and chopped Eggs tossed in Herb Aioli.
- Rotelli Pasta Salad – Black Olive, Cucumber and Grape Tomatoes, Feta Cheese with Fresh Basil and Oregano Tossed in a Champagne Vinaigrette.
- Organic Baby Spinach Salad – Roasted Almonds, Tangerines, Grape Tomato, Red Grapes and Cucumber Served With Papaya Poppy Seed Dressing
FROM THE GRILL:
- Citrus and Herb Marinated Bone in Chicken Grilled and lathered with House made Spiced Orange Marmalade.
- Smoked Brisket Served with a spice BBQ sauce
FOR THE KIDS:
- Hot dog
- House made Macaroni and Cheese – Four cheese macaroni and cheese with Smoked Gouda Cheese, Mozzarella, Cheddar and Bleu Cheese.
- Roasted Corn on the Cob served with sweet butter and Parmesan Cheese
- Baked Beans – Brown Sugar Vegetarian Baked Beans
- Assorted Rolls and Corn Bread
- Individual Apple / Cherry / Peach Empanadas
- Assorted Cookies and Brownies
Combo tickets for the “July 4th Late Night & BBQ” cost $42 for adults (12+), $32 per child (ages 3-11), $32 per member adult and $22 per member child (ages 3-11). Evening visitors to the Aquarium can also get discounted admission starting at 5:00 p.m. Discounted
Admission / Tickets (Do not include food) are $14.95 per person and FREE for Aquarium members and kids ages 3 and under. To buy tickets, click HERE.
The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important topics facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples.
Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists.
The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m to 6 p.m., except on Christmas Day, December 25th, and during the Grand Prix in April when it is closed. General admission prices are $25.95 for adults (ages 12+), $22.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (ages 3-11). Admission is FREE for Aquarium members and children under 10.
Seafood for the Future
Aquarium of the Pacific
320 Golden Shore, Suite 100
Long Beach, CA 90802
“July 4th Late Night & BBQ”
Open until 11 p.m.
BBQ from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
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