Local FISH is...
Fresh • Indigenous • Sustainable • Healthy
Purchasing locally caught seafood ensures that the product you are buying is sustainably harvested and in compliance with strict U.S. fishing and food regulations. Choosing local seafood benefits local economies by creating and maintaining jobs for fishermen, processors, and wholesalers. Locally caught seafood has a low carbon footprint when compared to imported seafood which also results in a fresher and better tasting product. Consuming seafood at least twice per week also contributes to a healthier diet.
Why aren't you buying local seafood?
I don't know where to find local seafood.
The local food movement is strong here on Long Island. Locally harvested fish and shellfish of the highest quality are plentiful and easy to find. This seafood is harvested from the waters surrounding Long Island and are landed at a nearby ports such as Montauk or Shinnecock. We want you to know how easy it is to find local seafood near you.
Use the local seafood locator to find a fish market, shop or Community Supported Fishery program near you.
I don't know which species are locally harvested.
There are a huge variety of local fish and shellfish to choose from. Local species include striped bass, scup, squid, tilefish, sea & bay scallops, fluke, flounder, lobsters, monkfish, bluefish, black sea bass, blackfish, clams, oysters and many more.
Overseas (wild and farmed) seafood imports comprise over 90% of U.S. seafood consumption. Imported seafood is often unregulated and mislabeled competing unfairly with local seafood.
I don't like seafood.
If you don’t like fish it is likely that you never tried a fresh, high quality fish that was sold mere hours or days after being caught and never frozen. Fresh seafood shouldn't taste or smell “fishy”. Give it a try and you just might change your mind about seafood. Try a local species in a restaurant where it is prepared well.
I don't know how to cook seafood.
Local seafood is expensive.
Not all local species are expensive. Many lesser-known species are less expensive and have the desired white, flaky meat. Scup is a perfect example of a lower cost fish with tasty white meat. Dogfish makes excellent fish tacos.
Yes, some species of local fish do cost more but you are paying for a healthier, higher quality, fresher food.
Who benefits from buying local seafood?
Choosing local seafood benefits fishermen by providing greater economic value for their product, provides greater income generation within fishing communities, and provides consumers with a fresh, healthy whole food product.