In May, socially conscious seafood lovers finally got the news they had been waiting for: Seafood producers — including Hudson Valley Fisheries — joined the ranks of New York State’s Grown & Certified program.
The program promotes those farmers and producers who comply with both environmental and food-safety standards, and labels local products with seals that help consumers easily identify products as sustainable and locally sourced.
Of the 22 participating seafood producers, Hudson Valley Fisheries is the only seafood producer located outside of Suffolk County. The Hudson-based company is the largest land-based steelhead trout recirculating aquaculture system in North America. A species of salmonid, steelhead has recently become a popular alternative to salmon, whose wild populations are overfished. Both salmon and steelhead trout contain similar amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, but steelhead contains fewer calories, less saturated fat, and increased amounts of vitamin B.
“Land-based aquaculture is the answer to our rapidly eroding wild fish populations and ecosystems,” says John Ng, CEO at Hudson Valley Fisheries. “[Our location] enables us to maintain a small carbon footprint in terms of Northeastern delivery, to leverage sophisticated restaurant relationships where chefs care deeply about sustainably and responsibly sourced ingredients and to be a part of the New York State Grown and Certified [program].”
Hudson Valley Fisheries is the first aquaculture farm to receive the NYS Grown & Certified seal.