August 4, 2023

From Catch to Kitchen: The Path to Sustainable Seafood

Have you ever heard of Catch to Kitchen? Discover how conscious consumers and initiatives like FishWatch are tracing the journey of seafood, while chefs like Bart van Olphen bring transparency and delicious flavors to the plate.

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The Farm to Table movement has gained immense popularity, but have you heard about Catch to Kitchen? Conscientious consumers are becoming increasingly curious about the seafood on their plates. That’s where initiatives like FishWatch come in. Developed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, FishWatch provides valuable insights into the health of U.S. fisheries.

Yet, the story of seafood doesn’t end there. Retailers are now recognizing the significance of tracing the journey from sea to supper. One remarkable company leading the charge is Fish Tales, founded by renowned chef and cookbook writer Bart van Olphen. Operating globally from its base in The Netherlands, Fish Tales offers a diverse range of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood products in retail stores. Each product comes with a unique narrative, revealing the fishermen who caught the fish, accompanied by a QR code that allows consumers to delve deeper into its origins. Fish Tales is on a mission to bring seriously tasty seafood with complete transparency, ensuring that every step of the journey, from catch to kitchen, is known. Their product line includes mouthwatering California albacore tuna and Alaska salmon.

Join us as we witness Chef Bart van Olphen’s culinary artistry in action, preparing a delectable dish featuring wild-caught Pacific albacore tuna. He highlights the sustainable nature of this choice, explaining that it is responsibly harvested and managed according to rigorous U.S. regulations. Van Olphen adds, “Tuna from California is sustainable because they are caught one by one, which is a very selective way of fishing.”

In a world where ethical and sustainable food options are gaining prominence, understanding the journey from catch to kitchen becomes paramount. By supporting initiatives like Fish Tales and embracing sustainable seafood practices, we can relish in the joys of delicious seafood while knowing that our choices contribute to the well-being of our oceans and the preservation of future generations.

USDA U.S. – Netherlands Agribusiness Trade Mission – April 2023 – Fish Tales – YouTube

Inspired to make a meal with these ingredients? Then try these White Bean and Tuna Quesadillas! These delightful quesadillas combine creamy white beans, flavorful tuna, and a vibrant cherry tomato pico de gallo. The combination of the savory filling and fresh salsa creates a satisfying and delicious twist on traditional quesadillas, perfect for a quick and tasty meal.

For you Alaska Salmon lovers out there, try out this tasty Teriyaki Salmon with Crushed Almonds and Rice by Sissi Chen of @eatinginberlin. This recipe features succulent salmon glazed with a rich and savory teriyaki sauce, topped with a delightful crunch of crushed almonds. Served alongside fluffy rice, it offers a harmonious balance of flavors and textures that will satisfy both your taste buds and your appetite.

Interested in finding out more about sustainable fishing in the U.S.? Then check out the article North to the Future: Home of Wild Alaska Seafood and discover why Alaska is viewed as a role model for sustainable fisheries across the globe.