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Restaurants Support Sustainable Seafood

Restaurants sell 70% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. and many chefs are important thought leaders when it comes to supporting responsible seafood options. GMRI works with local Portland restaurants to provide them with information and to connect them with local, responsibly harvested seafood products, through projects such as Out of the Blue and Trawl to Table events.

Trawl to Table Events

Next Trawl to Table Event:

The next Trawl to Table Event will be held at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Wednesday, June 4 from 8:30-4:30PM. This event is for fishermen and food service proffessionals. Space is limited and please R.S.V.P. with Patty Collins: or (207) 228-1625.

Trawl to Table Background

In the spring of 2010, GMRI hosted an initial Trawl to Table event that connected local chefs and restaurant owners with local fishermen. Along with GMRI's Gear Technologist, Steve Eayrs, the fishermen presented the latest information on gear types, fishing selectivity, habitat impacts, and bycatch with the forum's participants, and even prepared a redfish lunch for attendees (read more in GMRI's newsletter, Tidings).

On June 26, 2012, GMRI hosted a second Trawl to Table event* that expanded on the 2010 event. The 2012 event brought together 20 restaurant and seafood industry representatives and 12 fishermen for a day-long forum. The first part of the day included interactive fishing gear displays provided by Vincent Balzano (F/V North Star) and GMRI's Gear Research Team, as well as presentations and discussions on quality handling techniques and strategies for sustainability from New Hampshire Sea Grant and GMRI.

Chefs from Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea and The Salt Exchange prepared a pollock and squid lunch for the group. The pollock was harvested from the Gulf of Maine and donated by North Atlantic, Inc., while the squid was harvested off of Richmond Island, Maine and donated by George Parr from Upstream Trucking.

During the second half of the day, attendees visited docked fishing vessels, the Portland Fish Exchange, and North Atlantic Seafood to explore and discuss the intricacies of the seafood supply chain.

A third Trawl to Table was hosted in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on October 23, 2012, and followed a similar approach, with a focus on New Hampshire's fishing and restaurant community.

Trawl to Table Slide

Click the photo abovce for a Trawl to Table Slide show.

All photos courtesy of Michelle Loquine, GMRI.

*Funding for the Trawl to Table event is provided through a Saltonstall-Kennedy grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Thank you to Andy's Old Port Pub, North Atlantic Seafood, and Nappi Distributors for donating to the Portland event.

A special thank you five fifty-five who contributes $1 to GMRI for every Oceans 10 drink sold.