Since the earliest settlers landed in New England, our region has been known for its freshly harvested seafood.
Cape Cod was named by Bartholomew Gosnold, an English explorer who visited its shores in 1602. Gosnold decided to name the place "Cape Cod" after seeing the “great store of codfish” that was taken aboard his ship upon returning from one of his trips ashore.
But what makes New England seafood superior to your other options? Here are five main reasons why buying locally harvested, sustainable seafood is your best choice:
- Close proximity to eastern North Atlantic fisheries means a shorter supply chain and smaller carbon footprint
Because there’s easy and direct access from New England, and our own home port of New Bedford, to the U.S. fisheries of Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine, groundfish that is locally caught, processed and shipped usually travels through fewer steps in the supply chain to get to your plate and has a substantially smaller carbon footprint than imported seafood.
- Stronger local communities rooted in a fishing heritage
In New England, fishing has been a crucial part of the economy and culture for hundreds of years - the Port of New Bedford continues to be the nation’s number one most valuable fishing port. A strong commercial fishing industry helps strengthen local economies and keeps communities healthy and vibrant.
- Safer, fresher tasting seafood
Blue Harvest’s groundfish are locally caught and one-time, quick frozen without any additives right off our own vessels to lock in natural flavor and freshness.Many seafood products from China or Europe have been twice frozen and/or treated with additives including phosphates. While this helps reduce costs, it may also change the natural flavor and texture of the fish.
- Healthier, sustainably managed fisheries
Our local New England fisheries are among the best managed in the world. Blue Harvest’s vessels target underfished and underutilized groundfish from MSC-certified sustainable fisheries in Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine, which are some of the most closely monitored and tightly regulated fisheries in the U.S.
- Wide variety of seafood options offers wide range of health benefits
Fish is among the healthiest foods on the planet and there’s a wide variety of fresh, great tasting fish and shellfish available from the waters off the coast of New England. Scallops, as well as haddock, ocean perch, and Atlantic pollock, are all great sources of lean, low-fat protein, and contain many key vitamins and heart-healthy nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids.
Want to learn more about our seafood? Visit our products page for further information.