This month SeaPact will distribute their fourth round of grants to three well-deserved organizations. Two existing grant recipients received renewed funding: University of North Texas (UNT), for a research project utilizing probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics for improving growth and survival in marine finfish aquaculture, and the Downeast Institute in Maine, for work with clammers in the town of Freeport to conduct large-scale, manipulative experiments to test hypotheses involving predator exclusion (invasive green crabs) and habitat modification – all in support of enhancing the number of both wild and cultured “spat” (juvenile clams). The newest grant recipient is a research project at the Vancouver Aquarium seeking to improve sea lice mitigation within the net-pen farmed salmon industry. The project is evaluating the usage of Kelp Perch and Pile Perch within the net pens to control sea lice populations in place of using antiparasitic agents like SLICE.
Seattle Fish Co. is one of the founding members of Sea Pact, a group of leading North American Seafood Companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. You can learn more about all of the grant recipients and their project details at Sea Pact’s website.
Seattle Fish Co. and six other organizations recently sponsored the purchase of a new refrigerated truck for We Don’t Waste. This local non-profit is an innovative provider of food for the hungry. They collect unused food from venues, caterers, restaurants, and other food purveyors and distribute the food to Denver’s underserved populations. Seattle Fish Co. has supported We Don’t Waste since their beginning stages by donating frozen seafood. In addition to our frozen product, We Don’t Waste partners with restaurants and other food providers to pick up fresh, excess food, keep it cold, and then deliver it to those in need and who can quickly use the product. This past year, We Don’t Waste realized their need for a refrigerated truck. A group of contributors, including Seattle Fish Co., were able to donate the money and sponsor the purchase of an 18-foot refrigerated truck. Our fellow sponsors include CoBank, Transwest, The Marcus Foundation, Sage Hospitality, TAG Restaurant Group, Epicurean Culinary Group and Larimer Associates.
Seattle Fish Co. expanded into the midwest with a Kansas City location in 2003. Now, twelve years later this location is the driving force behind the fresh seafood market in the Kansas City and Midwest region. As the premiere supplier, they serve more than 500 restaurants. Due to their rapid growth, Seattle Fish Co. expanded into a new location in Riverside, Missouri. The state-of-the-art facility located at 4300 N. Mattox Rd. features a larger fresh processing area, double the freezer space, and an integrated temperature controlled supply chain. “We are excited to grow our presence and partnership in the mid-west region. The new facility represents a continued investment and history providing Kansas City and the region with the highest quality seafood”, said President & CEO James Iacino.
The construction of the 29,000 square-foot building additionally supports their extremely high standards when it comes to food safety. This larger footprint allows for a new food security camera system, upgraded lighting for quality control, refrigerated receiving and shipping areas, production of ozonated ice along with four additional ozone regions in the building. The company has a proven track record in food safety, scoring 96 percent of the last decade on independent third-party food safety audits.
We couldn’t have a grand opening without a party. The Denver SFC Team joined the KC Team for a celebration. Local chefs, restaurateurs, and market owners from Kansas, Missouri, and even Oklahoma joined the festivities. Click on the images below for a visual recap of the Grand Opening.
Seattle Fish Co. has sourced Idaho farmed rainbow trout for decades. Outside of Twin Falls, Idaho lives two pristine trout farms that raise some the highest quality rainbow trout available. Our team headed up to Idaho the other week to visit both farms: Sea Pac of Idaho and Clear Springs. The experience was eye-opening for some of our team’s first-time visitors. The land and farms were absolutely breathtaking. The aquaculture operations source their water from a natural aquifer that is consistently 58 degrees year-round. The natural aquifer fills the trout raceways and is flushed through in under 20 minutes, allowing for continuous fresh water flow. The continuous spring water flow gives the Idaho trout their famous clean and mild flavor. Both farms are non-consumptive users of this pure water source, making them a truly sustainable operation and sustainable product. From hatchery to processing, everything is within 50 miles. This limits their carbon footprint and creates less stress on the fish during transport.
Our recent visit to these farms reminded us of the importance of partnership. These trout farmers are passionate about their fish and it shows. They are dedicated to the sustainability of their operations and appreciate distributing through like-minded partners. “Sea Pac of Idaho and Seattle Fish Co. have a long lasting relationship. We value our partnership with SFC and their ability to distribute our trout throughout Colorado and into the resort communities. Our relationship stems all the way back to the ‘days of Mose Iacino’, the founder of Seattle Fish Co.,” says Ken Ashley, President of Sea Pac of Idaho.
During our peak season, Seattle Fish Co. receives and distributes over 7,000 pounds per week of fresh, never frozen, Idaho trout. We receive shipments twice a week from temperature controlled trucks direct from the farms. Our chefs and markets have the option of receiving Idaho trout in a number of forms: whole, dressed, butterflied, and filleted. Reach out to your Seattle Fish Co. rep to receive a sample of this clean, mild, Idaho trout.