There is nothing like a perfectly cooked piece of fresh fish. But how much do you think about where that fish came from? At 2 Vine we are extremely committed to sourcing sustainable seafood. Our main fish supplier, Foley Fish of Boston, actively participates in fishery management with a representative on both the National Marine Fisheries Northeast Groundfish Advisory Panel and the Highly Migratory Species Panel.
Today, the oceans are managed through a fishery management toolbox designed to protect the bounty of our oceans for future generations. The fishery management toolbox includes measures such as:
- Limited Fishing Effort through reduced days at sea
- Marine Sanctuaries created by permanent closed fishing areas
- Low Impact Fishing through gear modifications to minimize impact on the eco-system Largest mesh sizes to allow baby fish to swim through Bumpers on scallop dredges to protect the ocean bottom Separator trawls on fishing vessels to target abundant species
- Protection of Juvenile Fish through rolling fishing ground closures to protect spawning grounds
- Reduced Fish Harvests through total allowable catch trip limits for fishing vessels and limits and quotas for specific species of fish.
These fishery management measures are just a few of the tools used to regulate fisheries. The good news is that they are working. Species with significant success here in the East Coast include: Acadian Redfish, Georges Bank Haddock, Georges Bank Scallops and Georges Bank Monkfish. All of the species are increasing in abundance – some more quickly than others depending on a variety of factors including water temperature and natural predators.
Foley Fish also partners with farms that raise their fish with good husbandry. For example, all of the farmed salmon that we serve at 2 Vine is fed an all-natural, high protein feed. Fish pens are covered with polar twine tops to prevent fish escape, feature underwater cameras to monitor feed stopping feed once the fish stop eating, and pens are rotated and allowed to lay fallow, as a farmer would his fields.
Foley Fish keeps an eye to the ocean to help us and their other customers offer species that are well managed and harvested in accordance with strict fishery management measures.