Getting started with Seafood:
- Sea to School Guide: Procurement, Recipes, Case Studies & More.
- 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
- 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?
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.
Recipes for K-12 Schools:
- Crumb Baked Haddock (Seabrook School District, NH)
- Blueberry Kelp Smoothies (Yarmouth School District, ME)
- Blackened Acadian Redfish (Seabrook School District, NH)
- Fish Tacos (replace tilapia with a flaky white fish)& Mango Salsa (John Stalker Institute)
- Fish Chowder (Up Island Regional Schools, Martha’s Vineyard)
- Oven Roasted White Fish Filets (Up Island Regional Schools, Martha’s Vineyard)
- Crispy Oven Baked Fish Bites (Up Island Regional Schools, Martha’s Vineyard)
For TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Here are some ideas for how to integrate seafood-themed activities into classrooms.
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)
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
For FAMILIES AND CAREGIVERS
Not every type of fish is available year-round. Click here for a Massachusetts Seasonal Seafood Availability Chart.
- Download our Family Newsletter here.
- Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Put seafood on ice or in the refrigerator or freezer soon after buying it. If seafood will be used within 2 days after purchase, store it in the refrigerator.
- If seafood is to be cooked more than 2 days after purchase, wrap it tightly in plastic, foil, or moisture-proof paper and store it in the freezer.
- Read more about safely storing & preparing seafood here.
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.