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Editor's Note: Lessons from the Gulf
Fiona Robinson, Associate Publisher/Editor
February 05, 2011
Several months after the Deepwater Horizon well was plugged I kept getting conflicting reports from seafood buyers about what they were able to source from the Gulf of Mexico. Several reported they hadn’t been able to get product from the region, while others reported the exact opposite. TV networks such as The Food Channel showed celebrity chefs from around the country converging on the Gulf to discuss the testing protocols in place for the region’s seafood. If it is safe, then why isn’t it being ordered?
Writer Steve Coomes set on the trail to find out, and what he discovered is detailed in this issue’s Top Story, Rebound or Retreat? The big picture is that fishermen are making more money from the BP claims fund than they would out on the water harvesting shrimp or other species. It’s sadly ironic that BP money could curtail the future seafood supply from the region, not oil-soaked seafood that many had originally feared.
The Gulf supply, the plight of the region’s fishermen and food-safety protocols for testing product from the region will be discussed during the conference program at the International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America (March 20-22, 2011). The SeaFood Business Summit: Rebuilding Consumer Confidence in Gulf Seafood will bring together commercial fishermen, processors, chefs and others to discuss the latest information on sourcing seafood from the region. We hope you will join us for this and other seminars at the show; a full list can be found in our print issue, starting on p. 62.
I’m happy to announce an addition to our staff: Melissa Wood joined us in early January as assistant editor for both SeaFood Business and our sister publication, National Fisherman. Please introduce yourself if you see Melissa at next month’s International Boston Seafood Show, she’ll be with us at booth 1781.