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Forget the bugs! We’re not short on delicious sources of protein, says chef Andrew Gruel. A great deal of it is underwater and the biggest obstacle comes from the officials who over-regulate and regulate poorly. In this installment of Coming Clean, Benji and Andrew dive into seafood’s sustainability, misconceptions about fish farms, conspicuous waste and the exceptional quality of the foods that come from America’s waters.
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Published in: Environment
Fitting episode on the threshold of one of the most obscene display of ostentatious virtue and classism found anywhere in deepest blue America. Within weeks, a 737 will be loaded with the first fruits of famed Copper River Red Salmon and flown to Seattle for Pike Place tossing and choicest bits for the best chefs of Northwest. It will be heralded as the freshet bestest tasting salmon to be had anywhere (not true akshuulaly, this distinction goes to Yukon King if you can get one).
Flying fish from Cordova (heart of Prince William Sound, site of Exxon Valdez oil spill) direct to Seattle saves about 36 hrs in freshness over a boat while burning through ~20,000 lbs of Jet-A, 2550gal or 1000 fill ups for my truck.
Flying cargo is the most expensive and environmentally impactful yet quickest way to transport goods followed by truck, followed by train, followed by ship (which is pennies per ton).
For fun, go to Google Earth and center the North Pacific in your view. Next trace the area 200 miles out from Us Coastline (Magnuson-Stevens) and see how much that gets you. The High Seas are open to trawling and m, I suspect is where China, Russia, and Japan mainly get their (our) salmon before they head to river mouths at end of life cycle.
Hatcheries are the origin of most salmon caught in wild. Perhaps these other countries (stakeholders?) should be encouraged to develop more of their own in this manner? Wild North Pacific salmon taste much better than Atlantic or farmed salmon. If you don’t care about the taste, then by all means eat farmed salmon.
Paul, just getting to this, and thank you so much for listening! I actually just toured a big hydropower dam in eastern Washington last week where they were planning on shooting salmon past the dam to protect them from being cut up by the dam turbines. Here’s an old DOE story on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z3ZyGlqUkA. This would really help with the wild populations :)