EP 506 | AIRED 09/21/2020
September 21st, 2020 --- This week, we investigate the trickle down effects of how the decreasing size of Wild Salmon will affect the Seafood Industry.
In mid August this year, a study from Nature Communications, based on 60 years of measurements from 12.5 million ﬁsh across Alaska, declared that for all four salmon species, average body sizes were smaller after 2010 compared to before 1990.
Less meat on fish threatens the entire supply chain, from the rural salmon-dependant communities, to commercial production and distributors, to the chefs preparing their food.
Anyone who smokes their salmon has very specific recipe guidelines in order to produce a consistent product, therefore if they typically use a 4-6lb sockeye, and the catch is heavy on the 2-4lb sockeye – they have to retool their whole operation/recipe.
This could really hinder some long standing companies where their recipe has been used for multiple generations – and this consistency is part of their business model.
Processors rely on larger sized fish for portioning, for example you get a 6oz portion from a 4-6lb fish will be nice and thick with a nice uniformed look and good plate coverage, around 3 inches wide.
Take that same portion off a 2lb fish , not you have a thin 6” wide portion, a Chef’s cook time will change and the product will ultimately look way different.
These changes in processing could directly affect companies who make pre packaged & portioned flavoured retail items for freezers.
If they begin using smaller sized fish it will mean changing their packaging and adjusting to a wider portion.
And lastly, the overall volume and weight of salmon will decrease, which could short the market and distributors who have built systems relying on the average weighs of fish.
Now onto our 'Sustainability Segment' of the week, where we highlight organizations playing a role in the future of sustainability.
The Environmental Defense Fund, one of the world’s leading environmental organizations, is pioneering technologies and new platforms that can turn fishing vessels into "smart boats".
These methods including sensor technology, artificial intelligence and building networks, can redefine fishing and streamline how we manage fisheries — leading to greater efficiency, profitability and sustainability.
For more information please check this link.