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Artisans at Sea – Coho salmon caught exclusively for Lunds and Byerly’s

Mary Smith, Alaskan fisherwoman
Friday, January 10, 2014

It’s still dark out when the captain yells, “rise and shine!” You can’t argue with the captain (even if he is your husband). I roll out of the bunk and pull on my wool socks and rubber boots. We have about 15 minutes before we have to set the gear; just enough time to make a pot of strong coffee and eat a granola bar. It’s early September in Alaska and even though the summer has been sunnier than normal, it’s still pretty chilly out at 5 a.m., so I slip on a sweatshirt and a warm hat before heading out on deck.

The perfect catch: Monterey Bay Aquarium

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

As I stared into an exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I noticed something strange.
“What is that, seaweed?”
“Nope,” a guide told me, “that’s actually a seahorse.”

The more I looked, the more it amazed me that this delicate creature lives among two million different species of marine life in the ocean. At that moment, my appreciation deepened significantly for those devoted to preserving our oceans’ habitats, and no one does a better job of that than Monterey Bay Aquarium.

King of salmon: wild-caught Yukon Keta

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Monday, August 5, 2013

Nestled in the Lower Yukon River in western Alaska is the home of Kwik’Pak Fisheries (pronounced kwee’puck, meaning”great river”) We have a long standing partnership with Kwik’Pak Fisheries and recently traveled to Alaska to visit them. This is where some of the finest salmon in the world, wild Yukon River salmon, are caught. This Responsibly Sourced salmon is definitely Alaska’s best kept secret because of its extraordinary qualities that truly make it in a class of its own.

Exceptional aquaculture: Tilapia from Aquamar farm

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Exceptional AquacultureOur Exceptional Aquaculture program is alive and kicking! This is a part of our Responsibly Sourced Seafood program. Following our commitment to educate people on our program, we share stories about some of the farms we have had the opportunity to visit. We display 4 stories per year in our stores – this is our current story.

A couple of years ago, I traveled to Ecuador to see firsthand how our Tilapia are farmed.

On the Pacific coast near Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a Tilapia farm called Aquamar which is operated by Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.. This is where we source our fresh Tilapia. Enrico Delfini runs this farm and prides himself on their commitment to the environment. His farm is full of generations of sustainable practices that truly set his Tilapia apart from the rest.

Searching the world for sustainable seafood

by Bea James, senior manager of organic, natural and sustainable programs
Thursday, January 12, 2012

A few weeks ago I was in Tofino, British Columbia, visiting an aquaculture farm called Creative Salmon. Last week I traveled to Santiago Chile to attend a sustainable aquaculture conference. My travels are just part of our commitment for continued research and education regarding sustainable seafood.

Rick Jefferies, broker for Creative Salmon; me; and Tim Rundle, general manager at Creative Salmon, on the boat heading out to the ponds.

There’s a lot to learn on the subject of sustainable seafood, and I’m fortunate to work for a company that is willing to seek the world over to bring the best in products and education.

Our interest in Creative Salmon was peeked when we heard that they do not use antibiotics in their market salmon, which for farmed salmon is quite unusual. We also heard that they are about to be Canada’s first certified organic salmon farm once the Canadian Organic Standards are passed. The trip was to see it all first hand.

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