Join #EatSeafoodAmerica to Help Our Nation’s Struggling Fishermen & Businesses
As the Coronavirus hit America, people began rushing out to markets in search of produce, meats and seafood to sustain them during a long period of quarantine. As a result, seafood purchases have set records during the pandemic for in-store purchases. Year-over-year sales of frozen seafood were 37 percent higher for March and April. Fresh seafood sales were up about 13 percent in supermarket chains. However, the seafood industry is still being affected by the pandemic. The routines of the seafood trade have been interrupted and as a result, fishermen, businesses and seafood farmers are in trouble.
How can the seafood industry be in trouble if there are record sales in supermarkets? It’s simple. While retail has been higher, commercial supply has plummeted. Restaurants and other food-service establishments make up 66 percent of all fresh seafood sales in the United States. When the Coronavirus hit, restaurants closed except for takeout and delivery. As a result, seafood distribution chains were stopped. Boats were dumping fish they could no longer sell amid the pandemic.
To help our nation’s struggling fishermen, the industry is encouraging consumers to get out and cook more seafood in their homes. Eating seafood can also help improve overall health in consumers. During a pandemic, this could have a significant impact on their ability to fight off infections. Seafood is rich in protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. This can help prevent or mitigate common diseases. It is also a food that is low in saturated fats, making it a healthy choice for millions of Americans with heart disease or other chronic illnesses.
How can you help? Join #EatSeafoodAmerica. Buy local seafood and post a photo of your meal. Use the tag #EatSeafoodAmerica to encourage others to do the same.
However, many Americans are leery of cooking seafood in their own homes. Some are put off by the smell. Others are concerned they’re not doing it quite right. During the global pandemic, it is the perfect time to try some amazing seafood recipes in your own home. Here is one to get you started!
8 Minute Baked Salmon
- 4 6-ounce salmon fillets
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp salt and pepper
Place salmon on a baking sheet lined with foil for easy clean up. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake the salmon in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 8 minutes to achieve internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
Optional seasoning: you can choose a variety of optional seasoning before cooking the salmon for an entirely different flavor. Some of our favorites include:
- ½ tsp of sweet paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, coconut sugar or brown sugar and oregano.
- Zest of 1 lemon, 1 tsp thyme and a squeeze of lemon
- 1 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp garlic and zest of one lime
- 1 tsp curry powder, ½ tsp garlic powder and coconut sugar, and 1 lime zested.
Grilled Salmon Recipe: https://www.wellplated.com/grilled-salmon-in-foil/
Cooking seafood doesn’t have to be intimidating or complicated. It can be a wonderful addition to your diet and a heart-healthy habit to start now. Let’s keep our nation’s fishermen and seafood industry running during this crisis by committing to eating seafood every week.
Howe Corp Helps the Seafood Industry
At Howe Corp, we are dedicated to helping the seafood industry. Our flake ice machines and cooling products help keep seafood at the peak of perfection from boat to the fish market. Now more than ever, we are committed to helping our country through this difficult time.
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