Hy-Vee Makes A Splash With Expanded Tuna Policy

Did you know that some species of tuna can swim up to 43 miles per hour? Tuna migrate vast distances, crossing oceans around the world to feed and repopulate. Tuna also cross the globe to end up on our plates! The fish accounts for 8% of all globally traded seafood and are one of the most commercially valuable fish on the planet. In fact, tuna represents more than one-third of the total seafood consumed in the US. It’s no wonder the United Nations deemed May 2 World Tuna Day. A day to celebrate these magnificent fish, their contribution to food security across the globe, and the need to conserve tuna fisheries.

Hy-Vee acknowledges the importance of these fish and has committed to improving its sourcing to drive positive change in global tuna supply chains. In 2017 Hy-Vee expanded its Seafood Procurement Policy to include shelf-stable tuna and in 2018 announced its achievement to transition 100 percent of its private label shelf-stable tuna products to responsible sources. Now, Hy-Vee is voicing its dedication to supporting a more transparent tuna trade through examining the practice of transshipment at sea.

What is Transshipment at Sea?

Transshipment at sea is broadly defined as the transfer of fish, supplies, or other cargo between ships. When properly regulated and monitored, transshipment lowers operational costs while reducing the amount of time needed for seafood products to reach consumers. However, at-sea transshipment is often conducted on the high seas where monitoring and oversight is minimal, resulting in increased risk of unsustainable or unethical activities such as illegal fishing or labor abuses.

What is Hy-Vee Doing About Transshipment at Sea?

On May 14, 2019, Hy-Vee expanded its Seafood Procurement Policy yet again to include best practices for at-sea transshipment of tuna. The new policy, developed in partnership with FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy, demonstrates Hy-Vee’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with environmentally sustainable and socially responsible tuna. The policy includes specific components to support increased monitoring and transparency, improve worker protections, combat illegal fishing practices, and encourage oversight by fishery management organizations.

Hy-Vee’s at-sea transshipment policy sets an important precedent for seafood buyers to follow and exemplifies the positive impact retailers can have on global fishing practices,” said Jen Cole, project director of social responsibility at FishWise. “Hy-Vee has been clear about its efforts to improve traceability and social responsibility within its seafood supply chains and this is another leap in that direction.”

The journey of a tuna fish – from the ocean to your plate – is complex and includes many people and companies along the way. Hy-Vee is dedicated to sourcing tuna from transparent supply chains that support the responsible management of tuna fisheries for generations to come.

Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock

Wild-caught Alaskan Pollock hail from the icy waters of Alaska, and its lean, snowy-white meat, delicate texture and mild flavor make it an extremely versatile and healthy seafood choice.

It’s high in protein and a great source of omega-3s – which both benefit health. From source to plate, Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock is one of the most abundant and sustainable species on the planet.

Participating Hy-Vee stores will be sampling Wild Alaskan Pollock Trident Cuts this week: Friday, May 3 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday May 4 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

How Omega-3s In Seafood Can Help Boost Your Health

Dish on Fish is an excellent seafood blog where you can explore new seafood recipes and learn relevant, relatable and easy-to-understand health and nutrition information about seafood. Hy-Vee is a partner of the National Fisheries Institute, which sponsors the blog and encourages Americans to eat seafood at least twice a week, as recommended by the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Seafood is a vital part of a healthy diet. Hy-Vee strives to provide customers with high-quality, Responsible Choice seafood and our Seafoodies blog provides detailed information and tips. We want to share Dish on Fish with you so you can find more resources, tips and recipes to help you enjoy seafood and reap its benefits.

From Dish on Fish:

You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of omega-3’s – because this fatty acid is the key to everything – from good skin and strong brain and eye health to a better overall mood! With seafood, getting your omega-3’s is as easy as 1-2-3.

What are omega-3s?

Because our bodies on their own cannot make omega-3s, it is essential we get these healthy fatty acids from our food. Health professionals recommend we take in anywhere from 250 to 1,000 mg of the omega-3s EPA and DHA per day. Unfortunately, the current average intake by Americans is only about 90 mg/day. In order to meet the recommended U.S. Dietary Guidelines, people are encouraged to eat at least two servings of seafood each week, which will help build up their omega-3 levels.

How do omega-3s benefit me?

Omega-3s provide us with a whole laundry list of health benefits. Here are some of the key advantages.

  • Promoting Brain Health ­– Seafood provides docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 that is essential for brain development and function, since it helps neurons trigger and cells regenerate. DHA is important for the brain—from prenatal development to the aging brain. Since our bodies do not make omega-3s, it is critical that pregnant women, breastfeeding moms and young children get DHA from fish in their diets regularly, for optimal brain and eye development in babies and youngsters. Also, studies have shown that omega-3s may be helpful weapons in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Fighting Depression ­– Omega-3s can have mood-boosting effects on the brain that, in turn, can help ease symptoms of depression. Research has shown that the fatty acids found in seafood, particularly EPA, can help combat depressionand benefit those with mood disorders. This also applies to post-partum depression. Studies have shown that a diet rich in omega-3s can help reduce the risk of baby blues.
  • Reducing Risk of Premature Birth ­– Premature birth is a critical global health issue, with an estimated 15 million babies born too early each year. Studies have shown that when pregnant women increase their daily intake of omega-3s, it can help lower the risk of having a baby prematurely by as much as 11%. Adding EPA and DHA to the diet of a pregnant woman also can have a positive effect on the visual and cognitive development of the baby.
  • Supporting Eye Health ­– Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of developing problems with vision (such as macular degeneration) as we age. Foods containing DHA, like seafood, help support our eyes’ retinal development and our overall eye health.
  • Enhancing Skin ­– The omega-3 fatty acid EPA may help promote the skin’s oil production, as well as skin hydration. Eating the recommended 2-3 servings of seafood each week can help cell membranes hold water, which results in softer and smoother skin.

Looking for a recipe that embraces all of the amazing health benefits we just talked about? Try cooking up salmon, one of the most nutrient-dense foods that packs a boatload of heart-healthy omega-3s. These quick and easy Grilled Salmon Skewers should do the trick!

Grilled Salmon Skewers

Servings: 2 each for 2 people

Ingredients

For the skewers:

  • 3/4 pound salmon, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 large lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8 (10-inch) bamboo skewers (will use two skewers per serving, with two servings per person)

For the marinade:

  • 1 tbsp parsley, freshly chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil (not extra virgin; pick something with a higher smoke point)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Prep: Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour to keep them from catching fire. Preheat grill to medium heat (about 375˚ F).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the marinade ingredients.
  3. Double skewer the salmon and lemon slices, folding them in half and spearing them onto two skewers one at a time. (The double skewer aids in turning the salmon kebobs on the grill.) Brush both sides of skewered salmon with the marinade.
  4. Oil the grates on the grill, then carefully place salmon skewers onto the hot grill. Grill skewers for 3-4 minutes per side or until salmon is cooked through and opaque.

Barbecue Shrimp

Join us for an in-store demo this week or make these simple, delicious barbecue shrimp on your grill at home!

All you need:

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp Emeril’s Essence
2 tsp Hy-Vee Select lemon-flavored olive oil

All you do:

  1. Soak 4 bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat grill to medium.
  3. Toss together shrimp, Essence and lemon olive oil in a medium bowl. Thread 3 or 4 shrimp onto each skewer leaving space between each shrimp.
  4. Place on grill rack. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until shrimp is pink and firm.

Health Benefits of Alaskan Salmon + Salmon Burger Recipe

The temperatures are on their way up, which means it is grilling season! Have you ever thought about introducing fish to your grilling parties? The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume at least 8 ounces of seafood each week. Consuming fatty fish, especially Alaskan salmon, can enhance the taste and nutritional value of your meal. Fish is packed with healthy fats like omega-3s and DHA. DHA is essential for your brain health and has been linked to increased memory, reduced rates of cognitive decline, and improved learning ability. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol and support heart health.

Try our salmon burger recipe to provide an exciting alternative to standard grill-out offerings, while helping everyone get closer to the recommended 8 ounces of fish per week. Not only will this recipe provide all the health benefits we talked about, but you’ll get a serving of vegetables. Enjoy!

 

Alaskan Salmon Burgers

All you need:

  • 1/2 pound Wild Alaskan salmon filet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced celery (4 stalks)
  • 1 small pepper, red
  • 1 small pepper, yellow
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 large egg whites, lightly beaten

 

All you do:

  1. Heat a large sautépan over medium-high heat; add 1 tablespoon oil and salmon.
  2. Cook salmon until browned or easily flakes, then set the dish aside to cool.
  3. In a separate pan add remaining olive oil, onion, celery, peppers, parsley, capers, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Sautéuntil vegetables are soft, and then set aside to cool.
  4. Flake salmon in a large bowl, then combine breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard and eggs. Mix well, then mix in vegetables.
  5. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Spray large piece of foil with grilling spray and place over grill grates.
  7. Shape chilled salmon/veggie mixture into 15 cakes, ¼ cup each. Add salmon patties to foil and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

 

Recipe inspiration from skinnytaste.com

Honey Lime Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of The Mazzetta Company.

All you need:

1 pound shrimp, peeled
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp chopped chives
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt & pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter

 

All you do:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the shrimp and butter. Marinate the shrimp in half of the honey mixture for 20 minutes. Place the other half of the mixture aside.
  2. After shrimp is done marinating, heat the butter over high heat in frying pan. Reduce heat and add shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes on the first side and 1 minute on the second side, or until shrimp is done.
  3. Add the remaining honey mixture. Serve immediately.

Wild-Caught Alaskan Pollock

Wild-caught Alaskan Pollock hail from the icy waters of Alaska, and its lean, snowy-white meat, delicate texture and mild flavor make it an extremely versatile and healthy seafood choice.

It’s high in protein and a great source of omega-3s – which both benefit health. From source to plate, Responsible Choice Wild Alaska Pollock is one of the most abundant and sustainable species on the planet.

Participating Hy-Vee stores will be sampling Wild Alaskan Pollock this week: Friday, April 5 from 4 p.m. to 7pm, and Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.