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5 Reasons to Eat Gulf of Maine Seafood

Apr 20, 2018
Supporting Sustainable Seafood

The clean waters of the Gulf of Maine produce an assortment of delicious, fresh seafood options. Seafood from our region is known around the world for its top quality across a wide variety of species.

In addition to the great taste, there are so many reasons to choose Gulf of Maine seafood.

Here are our top five:

Our commercial fisheries are among the most well-managed in the world. You can feel confident choosing seafood from the Gulf of Maine, knowing the fishery is carefully managed through a rigorous scientific process.

Fishermen in our region live with a lot of restrictions, including when and where they can fish, as well as the species, size, and amount of fish they can land. 

 

Buying local seafood supports fishermen and their families, and it keeps our coastal communities thriving. In order to run their businesses, fishermen purchase fuel, bait, and other marine supplies, which supports local businesses big and small.

Seafood is at the core of our region’s economy and an important part of our cultural identity.

Did you know we import 91% of the seafood we consume here in the U.S.? Meanwhile, local fishermen leave hundreds of thousands of pounds of abundant Gulf of Maine species unharvested each year, due to lack of demand. Lesser known fish such as redfish, pollock, dogfish, and whiting are bountiful (and equally as tasty) as more popular species like cod and haddock.

With so many delicious fish available right here in the Gulf of Maine, why look elsewhere? 

When it comes to environmental impact, seafood has a smaller carbon footprint than other animal proteins, like beef and pork, which require large amounts of land, water, and feed to produce.

For an even greener option, choose seafood harvested locally and cut down the miles your meal traveled to get to your plate. 

Seafood is packed with healthy omega-3s that are hard to find in other foods. These essential fats are critical for your heart and brain health. Eating the recommended two servings of seafood per week can improve a range of health outcomes, including reducing your risk of death from heart disease by 36%! That’s something you can feel good about.

These are just a few of the many reasons to choose local seafood, whether you're at the grocery store, or at your favorite restaurant. Looking for more local seafood tips? Check out our three strategies for eating sustainably.