Seaweed Pasta Benefits Lives and Helps Save the Planet

 

Seaweed is alkalizing, detoxifying, and is loaded with nutrients. Eating more of it improves the health of our oceans and environment by absorbing carbon and reducing acidification. Blue Evolution is bringing seaweed to the surface and putting it on shelves in a consumer friendly way.    
 
 “We are trying to make it into products that are familiar to North American Consumers. So our first few items we decided on were Penne and Rotini pasta, Mac and Cheese. And we have a dried marinara sauce pack.”   
 
Beau Perry is the owner and founder of Blue Evolution-
 
“We think these pasta’s taste great! They are not fishy or sea-weedy, they definitely have a different flavor, but we think it is a positive one.  It actually deepens the flavor profile that everyone from moms and dads feeding it to their kids, to gourmet chefs are a responding very positively as well.”
 
Seaweeds nutrition profile is loaded with omegas, iodine, zinc, magnesium, and the list goes on. Perry says that it is a win-win for both humans and the planet.  
 
“The great thing about seaweed is that you can have your cake and eat it too. It’s really good for you the consumer, but it’s also really good for you the fishermen, in that you can make money growing it and it is doing good things for wild ecosystems and wild fisheries or commercial fisheries while it is in the water.”
 
Mariculture farms are on the rise. Not only are they providing jobs, there are providing healthy habitats and protecting marine life from harmful toxins.


 
“Seaweed has a pretty de-acidification function, so it is buffering shellfish from increased acidity. It also has a very low negative impact on the existing livelihoods and the wild ecosystem that I know Alaskans are so dedicated to protecting.”   
 
Blue Evolution mission is to grow the purest product, bring a new resource to coastal communities, and connect people to the ocean.
 
“On the coast, I saw a common theme. Economies suffering. So I thought mariculture was a good place for those communities to maybe build a new future and for coastal communities to adopt a new resource.”
 
Learn more about Blue Evolution and find their seaweed products at www.blueevolution.com
 
Alaska Fish Radio’s Stephanie Mangini

AMCC”s Pop Up Shop Sells Crab, Cod, and Coho

 

 

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Load up on crab, cod, and Coho, at a new pop-up shop. I’ll tell you more after this…

Federal grants are available to help “Made in America” companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more atwww.nwtaac.org.

ASMI’s Can Do and Cook It  Frozen campaigns are designed to keep people eating Alaska seafood all year round. Learn more about the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at www.alaskaseafood.org

 The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is launching their 2017 Catch of the Season program with a pop-up fish market in Anchorage.  For years, the AMCC has offered seafood lover’s Alaskan salmon, crab, cod, and rockfish from local small boat fishermen, making it some of the highest quality, fresh-frozen seafood from Alaska. The Community Supported Fishery allows anyone to order shares of the season’s harvest while building relationships between the consumer and the fishermen.

 “Here at the AMCC office, we are offering the three C’s; which are crab, Coho, and cod. They are all frozen and individually packaged.”

David Fleming is AMCC’s Seafood Sales and Operations Manager-

“We thought this would be a neat way to start the year, and to have seafood available in time for Valentine’s Day, rather than our regular catch offerings that we usually do.”

The catch shares are a subscription based program, it uses delivery posts for subscribers to pick up their seafood at scheduled locations in Anchorage, Homer, and Fairbanks. This year they opened up the pop-up market so seafood buyers could meet the AMCC team.

“It’s a first come first serve type market. There are no pre-orders of boxes or shares. This is just an event that we have invited everyone to come to. We thought it would be fun to engage the community and support or local fishermen once again.”

Taku River Coho’s are being sold in 2 to 4 lb packages at $11 dollars per pound. Fleming says that they are being pressure bled, which is a new high-tech technique that makes the fish more fresh and delicious.

“As soon as the Coho are brought on board fishermen bleed and put the fish in live immersion tanks. After that, they gill and gut the fish and insert a hypodermic needle that is hooked up to pressured water; with enough pressure to rinse out all of the blood immediately.”   

They are also selling Kodiak gray cod packs of 2 to 4 filets at $7 dollars per pound; and 10-pound Norton Sound red king crab at 25 dollars per pound.  The pop-up event will be open this Thursday and Friday from 11 Am to 7 Pm. The first Catch of the Season subscription boxes should be available within the next few months, AMCC hopes to hold other pop-up seafood markets at their other locations in the near future.  Learn more about the AMCC at akmarine.org and find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture.  www.oceanbeauty.com    In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.