Some facts about your Steelhead Trout Share this week
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Welcome to our Second Annual Holiday Seafood Medley Session. I hope you enjoyed the Steelhead Trout this week. Steelhead Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, is a Rainbow Trout that migrates from fresh to salt water. They are native to the Pacific Coast, but have been introduced to many regions of the US over the years. Because of their rapid growth rate and ability to tolerate adverse conditions, they were chosen by UNH Researcher Michael Chambers as a prime aquaculture candidate here in NH. As a former Aquaculturist, aka Fish Farmer, I wanted to fill you in on some of the important details about our share this week.
Aquaculture in the US is still in its infancy stage. We are trailing far behind much of the rest of the World, especially Asia, where aquaculture of a variety of species has been in existence for hundreds of years. Often times here in the US, aquaculture is given a very bad name and unwarranted bad press by various environmental groups. Yes, there are many aquaculture operations, especially in the Third World, where excessive amounts of antibiotics and hormones are used to raise seafood, but this project is definitely not one of them! I am here to tell you that you can grow fish and other marine species in a sustainable, conscious manner and that you can also be an aquaculturist and an environmentalist, at the same time!
These fish were grown in a fish cage off the coast of Newcastle, NH as an ongoing project conducted by Fisheries Biologists with the UNH Sea Grant/Cooperative Extension program. Please see the video at: https://youtu.be/k8c1GpsM4g4. More information on this project can be seen at: https://extension.unh.edu/articles/Almost-ready-eat
Our fish this week is a perfect example of an antibiotic, hormone and chemical free product, grown locally and sustainably, with the intention of providing supplemental income to our struggling NH fishermen.
The project is also growing Mussels and Seaweed along with the fish. This is an innovative aquaculture strategy called IMTA: Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture. It has been in practice for decades in Asia and other parts of the World and is a method that consists of multiple species cultured all at once, that live in symbiosis with each other.
We are very proud to bring this clean, crisp Salmon flavor fish to you as part of our Holiday Medley!