Seattle Fish Company Applauds Federal Effort to Establish National Standards for Offshore Aquaculture
Expansion of sustainable aquaculture would benefit American communities nationwide
DENVER, CO – MARCH 11 – SEATTLE FISH COMPANY, a member of Stronger America Through Seafood (SATS), applauds the federal effort to expand regulated offshore aquaculture in U.S. waters. The bipartisan Advancing the Quality and Understanding of American Aquaculture (AQUAA) Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D, MN-7) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (R, MS-4).
Derek Figueroa, President & CEO, Seattle Fish Company, said, “Seattle Fish Company is committed to increasing the consumption of sustainable seafood. Our planet’s surface is 72% water, yet only 7% of our protein comes from our oceans, rivers and lakes. Responsible aquaculture is a solution to feed our growing planet a responsible, nutritious and and delicious protein that our bodies need. We applaud the hard work of SATS and Reps. Peterson and Palazzo in introducing the AQUAA Act to allow for prudent expansion of offshore aquaculture.”
The AQUAA Act would establish National Standards for sustainable offshore aquaculture and clarify a regulatory pathway for offshore aquaculture in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) which will support growth of the domestic offshore aquaculture industry.
Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food sector in the world, but the U.S. ranks only 16th in the production of farm-raised seafood. The lack of a predictable, affordable and efficient permitting process for offshore aquaculture in the U.S. hinders the growth of the industry. Federal action would reverse that trend and increase U.S. production of sustainable, affordable and healthful seafood, while protecting our wild-capture fisheries and natural resources.
The regulated expansion of domestic aquaculture would benefit communities across the country in coastal and agricultural states by stimulating economic growth and creating thousands of new jobs. Increased aquaculture production would also benefit farmers of soybeans, corn and peas — products that would be used to create fish feed, easing pressure on ocean resources while providing a new market for U.S. farmers.
SEATTLE FISH COMPANY KANSAS CITY ACQUIRED BY CHICAGO-BASED FORTUNE FISH & GOURMET
On January 15th, 2020, Seattle Fish Company International Kansas City was acquired by Chicago-based distributor Fortune Fish & Gourmet. Seattle Fish Company (Denver) remains fully operational, and there will be no changes to staff, service, day-to-day business. Seattle Fish Company and Fortune Fish & Gourmet share many common ideas and believe in an overall mission to grow seafood consumption, which makes this acquisition the right fit and a mutually beneficial transaction for both companies.
Seattle Fish expanded into the Midwest market in 2003 and opened a state-of-the-art facility in Riverside, MO, 2015. It has operated as a seafood processor and distributor servicing the finest retailers, restaurants, and clubs in the region for the last 16 years. The company will be rebranded as Fortune Fish & Gourmet Missouri. Scott Godke, the General Manager of Seattle Fish Kansas City, was hired by Fortune International to continue to oversee the Kansas City operations. This purchase involves only the Kansas City operations of Seattle Fish and does not include the Denver-based processing or distribution operations.
James Iacino, Executive Chairman of Seattle Fish states, “This is a strategic and beneficial transaction for both corporations. Seattle Fish has called Colorado and the Midwest home for over 100 years. We are looking forward to continuing that legacy while making strategic investments in our core market.”
Seattle Fish Company International has been a part of the Colorado community and Rocky Mountain region for over a century and is looking forward to the opportunity this transaction offers to reinvest in strategic initiatives in its market.
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About Seattle Fish Company
Seattle Fish Company is a third-generation family-owned company and Colorado-based business, proudly serving the Rocky Mountain region and surrounding states for over a century. Recognized for playing a major role in making fresh seafood available in the Rocky Mountain region; Seattle Fish Company transports and distributes sustainable seafood and gourmet provisions daily from around the world, providing products of the highest quality to over 1,400 restaurants and retailers. Seattle Fish Co. is dedicated to fostering sustainable fishing practices, including supporting local aquaculture farms, as well as fishery improvement projects around the world, ensuring that seafood as a healthful protein is available for all, for generations to come. For more information, please visit Seattle Fish Company’s website at www.seattlefish.com
We’re kicking off the New Year with two sustainable Whole Boat options! Call your Seattle Fish Co. Sales Rep or our friendly Customer Service team at 303-329-9595 to place your order today.
Seattle Fish Company believes in catching, growing and sourcing our seafood responsibly in order to ensure that our oceans are healthy for generations to come. Whole Boat is our weekly sustainable product program that highlights a fish or seafood item with a unique sustainability story to tell. This item may be bycatch or a lesser-known species, but will always be affordable and consciously sourced.
GOLDEN TILE Description: Tilefish, sometimes known as “the clown of the sea,” are colorful fish. Because their diet is mainly made up of shellfish, Tilefish have a delicate, sweet flavor similar to lobster or crab. Catch Method: Long Line Caught in the Gulf of Mexico by Captain Jack MBA Rating: Yellow (Good Alternative)
YELLOWEDGE GROUPER Description: Yellowedge grouper can be identified by the bright yellow color of its eyes and fin edges. A deep-water fish, Yellowedge Grouper has a mild but very unique flavor, comparable to a cross between Bass and Halibut. Cooked Grouper meat firm with big flakes, and holds its moisture extremely well. Catch Method: Long Line Caught in the Gulf of Mexico by Captain Jack MBA Rating: Yellow (Good Alternative)
JAMES IACINO, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, SEATTLE FISH COMPANY ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR 2020 COLORADO THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS; DEREK FIGUEROA NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DENVER, CO. OCT 17, 2019 — James Iacino proudly announced his candidacy today for the 2020 elections for the U.S. Congress representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
A third-generation Coloradan, James is the Executive Chairman of Seattle Fish Company, a business his grandfather founded in Denver, Colorado in 1918. Iacino started in the business when he was 16 by loading and driving trucks and worked his way up through the company, helping to grow the business along the way. Seattle Fish Company now employs over 170 Coloradans and Iacino has become a recognized leader both in sustainability practices and in the development and professional growth of his workforce.
Iacino has long been a steward of practicing sustainability, advocating for economic mobility, and the importance of social justice. He now has an opportunity to bring these issues to the forefront and represent the people and state of Colorado, as well as the seafood and restaurant industries, on a larger scale.
As Iacino turns his focus to his campaign, Derek Figueroa will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and maintain the role of President. Figueroa will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Seattle Fish Company, while continuing to stay focused on customer engagement, industry representation, and growing corporate leadership. Figueroa has been with Seattle Fish Co. for over 29 years and is committed to the success, growth, and sense of community fostered at the company.
“It’s an honor to assume the role of CEO at Seattle Fish, a company with over 101 years of rich history, deep ties to the communities we serve, and a clear mission to further the consumption of sustainable seafood. I take immense pride in working alongside our team of dedicated employees and positively contributing, in conjunction with our partners, to our industry.”
Figueroa said that he looks forward to having Iacino as a legislator in office; someone committed to the industry with a strong position on sustainability who is willing to serve and represent seafood at the highest level of government. As CEO, Figueroa commits to continuing Seattle Fish Company’s legacy of thought leadership, environmental awareness, customer focus, and investment in its employees.
“We have rallied our employees around a compelling Leadership Aspiration to “Lead the Growth of Sustainable Seafood Consumption Throughout the West”. Seafood is an environmentally responsible, healthy protein, and Seattle Fish Company will continue to bring diverse industry stakeholders together and deliver positive change. This is essential not only for the future success of the seafood industry, but for the betterment of our environment and the health of people.”
About Seattle Fish Company
Seattle Fish Company is a third-generation family owned and Colorado based business, proudly serving the Rocky Mountain region and surrounding states for over 101 years. Seattle Fish Company sources, hand cuts and distributes sustainable seafood and gourmet provisions from around the world, providing products of the highest quality to over 1,400 restaurants and retailers. Seattle Fish Co. is dedicated to fostering sustainable fishing practices, including supporting local aquaculture farms and fishery improvement projects, ensuring that seafood as a healthful protein is available for all, for generations to come. For more information, please visit Seattle Fish Company’s website at www.seattlefish.com
Another year of Aspen Food & Wine Classic has come and gone. Each year, after it’s over, we reflect on the whole weekend and frankly, we’re surprised that…. we’re still surprised. It seems that there is no limit, capacity or ceiling to be reached when it comes to the creativity displayed at the Classic. Each year the dishes get better – more beautiful, and more delicious. The chefs more creative and the speakers more inspirational.
But something else stuck out to us this year, and it has to do with those actually attending Food & Wine. People are asking questions – lots of them. Informed questions, probing to find out more details about what exactly they’re eating:
“Is this sustainable?”
“How was this raised and harvested?”
“Where is this from?”
“Who grew this?”
“Is this certified?”
As a supplier focused on bringing our customers sustainable, traceable food as much as possible, these questions are magic to our ears. It’s incredibly encouraging to see that people are interested in what they are consuming, and how it affects our planet’s resources. We expect (and hope) to see this trend to continue at future Food & Wine Classics and other festivals across the country.
This year, Seattle Fish Company is proud to have co-hosted and participated in several events, many of them centered around sustainability and responsibility throughout the food supply chain.
The Future of Food: Aquaculture Plated, Andrew Zimmern Luncheon
To kick off the weekend, Seattle Fish Company joined forces with Verlasso, Pacifico Aquaculture, Riverence, Island Creek, Fair Trade Seafood & Kosta Browne to co-host a luncheon with Chef Andrew Zimmern. Held on the outdoor patio of Casa Tua, the event educated attendees on the benefits and importance of aquaculture as a solution for continuing to feed our growing planet.
Zimmern spoke to the crowd about the need for immediate action in regards to sustainability efforts: “Today we are not facing a global health problem, or a global food problem, or a food insecurity problem. We don’t have a climate change issue. We’re having a humanitarian crisis on our planet. We are pushing problems that need to be solved today on to the plates of future generations. If we don’t take care of it ourselves and start advocating for the things we know to be true and right, there won’t be anything left for our children to advocate for. If you’re not for sustainability, then you’re not for caring for other human beings and you’re not for caring for our planet.”
Along with Zimmern’s inspiring speech, attendees were fed sustainable bites from Verlasso, Pacifico, Island Creek, Riverence, Fair Trade Seafood and wines were supplied by Kosta Browne. There was ample networking among the thought leaders in attendance, and energizing conversations around how we can work together to make a positive difference in our industry, and for our future.
This was planned in collaboration with Jennifer Bushman. All seafood was hand-cut, packaged and delivered by Seattle Fish Company.
Kosta Browne @ The Peak (Buttermilk Mountain Event with Top Chefs)
As far as we know, there are no medals given out for the amazing views in Aspen. But if there were, the Kosta Brown @ The Peak Party would have taken home the gold. Attendees arrived at the base of Buttermilk Mountain and were greeted with caviar bumps and Island Creek oysters, before being whisked away on a chairlift and taken on a fifteen-minute ride to the top of the mountain.
Upon arrival at the top, the scenery seems to completely unfold and offer impressive, expansive views of the surrounding peaks. It was here that former Top Chef contestants prepared and were serving the crowd delicious bites.
Cochon 555: Heritage Fire Snowmass
One of our favorite events of the weekend, Heritage Fire, takes place at the base of Snowmass Village. All of the dishes served at Heritage Fire are prepared over open flame, challenging the chefs to come up with dishes that may be a little out of their comfort zone or at least different from their usual indoor kitchen approach.
Seattle Fish Company collaborated closely with the Cochon 555 team to select seafood and non-seafood proteins that could be used at the event, including: Niceland wolffish, whole Rosen lamb, Miller Chicken, Colorado hybrid striped bass, octopus, and more.
The next Cochon 555 Heritage Fire event is on August 11th, at Acreage by Stem Ciders in Layfayette, Colorado. Make sure to get your ticket now before it sells out!
That’s a wrap for Aspen Food & Wine 2019. Thank you to our strategic partners for your hard work in collaborating on, planning and executing these events, and especially to our customers, who work hard all weekend long to turn “ingredients” into magical dishes for everyone to enjoy. We’ll be dreaming about it until next year!