Prince William Sound, located in the North Pacific Ocean, is like no other place in the world. Surrounded by spectacular glaciers and mountains, and shielded from the open ocean by barrier islands, this unspoiled sound on Alaska’s south-central coast is home to a vast variety of wildlife. Salmon thrive in these nutrient rich waters. To preserve the sound’s rich biodiversity, the fishery upholds the highest standards of quality and sustainability, treating each fish with the utmost care.
The fisherman are committed to preserving the rich, natural legacy of Prince William Sound, handling every fish with care and employing artisan-harvesting practices honed over generations. They are independent fishermen who set out on small one and two man boats to catch salmon using time tested gill-nets. Each salmon is handled minimally, delivered quickly, and inspected individually to guarantee excellence.
Prince William Sound Alaskan salmon’s rich flavor, dense texture, and vibrant color comes from the world’s richest waters that they thrive in. High in omega-3 fatty acids, wild Alaskan salmon is known for its incredible health benefits and delicious taste. Best of all, Prince William Sound Sockeye salmon are harvested sustainably and processed in small batches, so you know you are doing good while getting the best.
Your choice matters. When you purchase Prince William Sound sockeye salmon, you are making a good choice for your family and the planet. Sustainability is not a recent trend in Alaska. In 1956 the framers of the Alaska Constitution recognized the importance of protecting Alaska’s abundant natural resources. Article 8 of the Constitution states that “fish…be utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustained yield principle.” This dedication to sustainable management has resulted in an ever-replenishing supply of wild salmon for generations to come. This is why all Alaska Sockeye Salmon is proudly labeled with Hy-Vee’s Responsible Choice logo.
Nestled in the scenic Snake River Canyon of Buhl, Idaho, is one of largest state-of-the-art trout farms in the United States. Clear Springs Foods Rainbow Trout are raised in concrete raceways fed by natural flowing spring water. This fuels an optimal environment to deliver a consistent supply of a sustainable superfood.
Clear Springs Foods’ values and vision towards sustainability and the environment truly show in the quality of the trout they deliver each week. The company is employee-owned and the leading producer of quality rainbow trout. Hy-Vee is proud to be a longtime partner with Clear Springs Foods and to feature their rainbow trout in our fresh seafood cases. Due to their responsible farming practices and dedication to sustainability, we proudly label Clear Spring Trout with our Hy-Vee Responsible Choice brand.
Clear Springs Rainbow Trout is an excellent source of lean protein that contains both DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. One 4-ounce serving of rainbow trout will provide the recommended 250 mg per day of omega-3s.
Fair Trade CertifiedTM tuna, scallops, and salmon can all be found at Hy-Vee stores. To help explain what Fair Trade certification means, we asked Julie Kuchepatov, Seafood Program Director at Fair Trade USA, to share her thoughts on the importance of responsibly sourced seafood.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is all about taking care of people and our planet. When you purchase products with the Fair Trade Certified™ logo, you’re not only getting a high-quality product, you’re supporting a system in which farmers, workers, and fishermen are fairly compensated, fragile ecosystems are protected, and communities are empowered to build sustainable businesses. It’s a win-win.
There are two important mechanisms that bring Fair Trade to life. The first is the Fair Trade Standard. To earn certification, each fishery must meet a set of rigorous, independently audited criteria that work to protect fundamental human rights of fishermen, enable transparent supply chains and protect the environment. The second important thing to remember is the Community Development Premium. For every pound of certified seafood sold, fishermen earn an additional amount of money that is earmarked for critical community projects, as identified by the fishermen themselves. This allows fishing communities to invest in the causes that matter the most to them, like education and health care.
What products does Fair Trade USA certify?
Fair Trade USA certifies more than 30 different categories, from tea, coconut and spices to grain, sugar, produce and even apparel and home goods. You can now find Fair Trade Certified™ products in nearly every aisle of the grocery store.
Why does Fair Trade matter so much in seafood?
Recent investigations have exposed a number of environmental and social abuses in the seafood industry. Roughly 30% of the world’s fisheries are overfished, according to FAO. If unchecked, many varieties of seafood we’ve come to know and love may go extinct. Human trafficking and forced labor are also major issues in parts of the industry. An increasing number of reports show that individuals, particularly in Southeast Asia, are lured onto fishing vessels with promises of steady jobs and higher pay, only to find themselves working around the clock in dangerous conditions, often without pay. Some have even lost their lives.
Fair Trade USA’s Seafood Program is really the first of its kind to address both social and environmental challenges in the seafood sector. Standards for marine resources ensure that fisheries are managed legally and responsibly, preventing further overfishing. At the same time, social and human rights standards prohibit forced labor and empower fishermen with better working conditions, improved terms of trade, and additional income to invest in their businesses and communities.
Fair Trade Community Development Premiums can also help foster collaboration among previously isolated groups of fishermen. Premiums encourage fishermen to work together to identify and execute projects like improvements to health clinics or community centers. This cultivates a sense of community that in turn makes fishermen less vulnerable to exploitation by outside parties.
The Fair Trade seafood Hy-Vee buys comes from small villages in Indonesia and traditional fishing communities in the United States, specifically Alaska and the East Coast. Fishermen and community members have used Fair Trade Premiums for safety improvements at fishing docks, education scholarships, uniforms, and school supplies for local children, renovations to community centers, and environmental research projects that help protect the long-term health of the fishery.
What does Fair Trade aim to do in fishing communities?
The goal of the Fair Trade Seafood Program is to build more resilient livelihoods in fishing communities. It’s about improved working conditions and wages for fishermen, so they can better care for themselves and their families. It’s also about helping fishermen gain greater access to capital in the form of Community Development Premiums, as investments made with this extra income can improve community welfare.
Finally, Fair Trade focuses on environmental stewardship in fishing communities. Our NGO partners and field coordinators on the ground work with fishermen to improve their fishing practices and preserve marine ecosystems, ensuring that fishing remains a viable profession for generations to come.
What do you want shoppers to know when they see the Fair Trade Certified™ label?
Every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. When you purchase Fair Trade Certified™ seafood, you’re voting for sustainable livelihoods, thriving fishing communities, and healthy marine populations. You’re voting for safe working conditions, equal rights for women, and prohibitions of both slavery and child labor. Most people want to make a positive difference in the world, and with Fair Trade it’s easy. Fair Trade Certified™ seafood empowers shoppers to turn the tides for fishermen, one purchase at a time.
Hy-Vee is featuring Rebel Salmon this week in stores. Rebel Fish believes that pairing the freshest fish with bold, flavorful and culinary-inspired seasoning rubs, customers will be inspired to try new flavors and enjoy fish in a new way.
Check out this mouth-watering recipe for Cilantro Lime Spiced Salmon Tostadas from Rebel Fish:
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.
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.
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.
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 DHAper 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
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
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).
In a medium bowl, stir together all of the marinade ingredients.
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.
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.