There is so much information and mis-information about seafood that one center of seafood expertise has decided to do something about it.
Maritime Gloucester, a working waterfront museum and marine science education center in the town north of Boston known for its important fishing industry (and where the book and movie "The Perfect Storm" originated), is presenting its third annual seafood series of public lectures throughout the month of March, on the future of fishing and seafood, sustainability, and seafood fraud. Each free lecture takes place at 7 p.m. at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop off Route 127 in Gloucester.
This is an opportunity for the public to meet the region's experts on the various topics, and to learn how the latest industry changes are affecting both fishermen and consumers. "The public is hungry to better understand these topics, and we are thrilled to bring the conversation to Maritime Gloucester," said Executive Director Tom Balf
On March 14, the subject will be Trawl's Table: Understanding Today's Groundfisheries, with Jen Levin of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and a spokesperson from the Northeast Seafood Coalition. They will lead a discussion of commercial ground fishing methods, gear technologies, seafood transport, and the seafood needs of discerning markets
March 21 will find Alison McHale, of NOAA Fish Watch, and Heather Tausig, New England Aquarium's Ocean-Friendly Seafood Program, speaking on sustainable seafood purchases and the fact that these are a lot easier to make thanks to those consumer-oriented programs. This will be particularly interesting for anyone who cares about our oceans' renewable resources.
On March 28, Maritime Gloucester will present a discussion of Fish, Fraud and Forensics, a subject of emerging concern and what is being done about it. In addition, various eateries throughout greater Gloucester will present a Seafood Restaurant Crawl on that night. For further information on this, go to http://www.maritimegloucester.org or www.turners-seafood.com.
The program is sponsored by Turner's Seafood. A family-owned business, Turner's is a partner with Cape Ann Fresh Catch. It operates a retail fish market and wholesale fish processing facility in Gloucester, and a restaurant/oyster bar/fish market in Melrose called Turner's Seafood Grill. Turner's also sells fish and lobster with overnight delivery online at www.turners-seafood.com.