Seafood Resources!

Getting started with Seafood:

  1. Sea to School Guide: Procurement, Recipes, Case Studies & More.
  2. Sea  to School: A Lunch Voyage – a video tracing the seafood on a cafeteria tray all the way back to the fisherman who caught it. Great for upper elementary audiences, it addresses many important themes from the history of the fishing industry in New England to the environmental issues behind fishing regulations.

For FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Sourcing Local Seafood

Are you sourcing local seafood for the first time? Our Sea to School Guide provides a lot of information about the questions to consider when selecting a seafood vendor and the type of seafood you will buy. These include questions such as:
  • What local species do you want to purchase?
  • Do you want fresh or frozen product?
  • Do you want to source from a vendor that provides traceability back to the boat or a group of boats?
  • Do you want your seafood to cary certain eco-labels or other certifications?
There are many seafood vendors in Massachusetts who cary locally caught fish and have expressed an interest in selling to schools or are already doing so. Many specialize in underutilized species such as dogfish, pollock, and redfish. Below is an alphabetical list of some of these vendors. This list is not exhaustive, so if you know of another vendor, that’s great!
Please tell us about them so we can continue updating this resource.
North Coast Seafood
For a complete list of licensed MA Seafood Vendors visit the Division of Marine Fisheries website and sort by “Wholesale Vendors.”  – – Department of Marine Fisheries’ Seafood Dealer Directory

Check out these ways to raise awareness of HOTM and get students excited about eating seafood!

Blurb for your school newsletter or menu:
In the cafeteria this month we are featuring FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD as the Harvest of the Month! Locally caught SEAFOOD will be featured in ___(dish)___ on __(date)______. To learn more about Harvest of the Month, visit http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/hotm.

Click here for a Massachusetts Seasonal Seafood Availability Chart. 

Recipes for K-12 Schools:


 

For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

Here are some ideas for how to integrate seafood-themed activities into classrooms.

Classroom activities

Grades K-2

Food Chain Activity & Teacher Notes (fishandkids.msc.org)
The Impact of Fishing Activity & Teacher Notes (fishandkids.msc.org)
Plants & Animals of Seas and Rivers (Alaska Seas & Watersheds)
Food Webs (Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

Grades 3-6

The Impact of Fishing Activity (fishandkids.msc.org)
Food Webs (Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

Grades 6-8

Light in the Deep Sea (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
A Food Web Mystery (NOAA)
Game of Life: Sustainable Seafood Lesson (NOAA)

Grades 9-12

The Power of pH: Changing Ocean Chemistry (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Sustainable U.S. Seafood: What’s Science Got to do with it? (Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Additional Curriculum Resources

Monterey Bay Aquarium Curriculum Resources
New England Aquarium’s Classroom Activities
Marine Stewardship Council’s Teaching Resources
NOAA Fisheries: Educator Resources
Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Teaching Resources

Further Reading/Viewing

Eating with the Ecosystem: 5 Anchors, principles of of a place-based approach to sustaining wild seafood
Video: Hard Tellin’ Gulf of Maine Scallops


 

For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS

Not every type of fish is available year-round. Click here for a Massachusetts Seasonal Seafood Availability Chart. 

 


Our sponsors

Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Division of Marine Fisheries Seafood Marketing Program for helping to make May’s Seafood Harvest of the Month possible.

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