Q: What is the difference between fresh and frozen at sea fish?
A:: Fresh fish has a stigma of being a very high-quality product, when in reality it is the exact opposite. The freezing process pauses cellular degradation, resulting in a fresher, and more delicious fish. Many so called “fresh” fillets have been in grocery seafood displays for at least 8 days and can take 1-2 weeks before arriving at the retail location.
According to an article published by “ecotrust,” 23% of so called “fresh” fish is never sold and goes to waste. Frozen at Sea seafood solves this problem by extending the shelf life and ensuring that we are making the most out of our World’s seafood resources.
Another benefit of Frozen at Sea fishing is that fishing effort can be spread out over space and time. This prevents localized depletion of fish stocks because vessels are not constrained to only fish in areas that are close to shoreside processing facilities.
Q:What is the difference between ling-caught fish and other fishing methods?
A: When fish are harvest with hooks and lines, they are brought on the vessel one at a time while they are still alive. This method prevents compression damage and allows each fish to be bled when the heart is still pumping. The result is a whiter and firmer fillet. Additionally, longlining is very selective. This enables fisherman to target specific species and allows unwanted fish to be released back into the ocean while they are still alive.
With other fishing methods such as trawling, over 50 metric tons of fish can be brought on the boat at the same time. This can result in sever compression damage and poor bleeding. Additionally, trawling is not a very selective form of fishing. It is much more difficult to target specific species with trawl gear. This results in higher levels of bycatch and lower survival rates compared to longlining.
Q:How are quotas allotted annually?
A: National Marine Fisheries Service, NMFS, carefully monitors and assesses the health of fish stocks in Alaska. Biological and resource data is collected from NMFS fish stock surveys performed each year. Biological data is also collected from NMFS Observers deployed on the fishing vessels. Total fish stock is estimated and a conservative harvest level is established. Quotas are then allocated to the various fisheries, then to the individual fishing vessel or fishing companies.
Q: What is the difference between wild and farmed fish?
A:Wild-Caught fish are harvested by fisherman in their natural environment. Wild-Caught fish contain large amounts of nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids, less fat, and aren’t fed antibiotics or treated with pesticides.
On the other hand, Farm-raised fish are often treated with pesticides and fed antibiotics to treat diseases and fight off sea lice infestations. Some of the pesticides are so strong that they can kill fish that are exposed to them. Over time, these same pesticides can make their way into the ocean and can subject other marine life to their damaging effects. Additionally, farm-raised fish typically have lower levels of nutrients. While some farm-raised fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, they are different than the ones found in wild fish and are used differently by our bodies. Farm-raised fish can also contain high levels of PCBs and Dioxin.