Jen Levin, the president of sustainable seafood supplier True Fin, recently joined Waterside Chat host Tom Sadler for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about the seafood industry in the Gulf of Maine and much more. Jen calls herself an “accidental fishmonger”, since she never planned to become a seafood distributor. In fact, she was working with the Sustainable Seafood Program at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute when she realized the untapped potential for high-end seafood from the region.
Watch the video of Jen and Tom’s July 27th conversation below to learn more about:
- Jen’s unusual path into the seafood business
- How True Fin buys directly from more than 35 fishing boats in three states
- How high-quality fish-handling processes open new markets for seafood from the Gulf of Maine
- What the Japanese word ikejime means and why it’s relevant to their work
- How climate change is altering Gulf of Maine ecosystems, and why it means that the fishing industry needs to diversify into areas like under-utilized fin fish. Could lobsters eventually disappear from the Gulf?
- How new approaches could help smaller fisheries across the U.S. compete with massive seafood imports
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