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Fourchette bleue unveils its list of recommended marine species

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar12,2024

Fourchette bleue unveils its list of recommended marine species

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The Fourchette bleue initiative celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

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Exploramer publishes the list of valorization of marine species of the St. Lawrence from its Fourchette Bleue program for the year 2024.

There are some new things there, compared to last year, such as the sea cucumber and the northern hagfish, a kind of eel, which are added to the list of species to discover.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Nordic shrimp and Greenland halibut have, however, been removed from the Fourchette bleue list due to a very severe decline in stocks.

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The list of marine species valued by Fourchette bleue in 2024 includes 13 species of fish , 15 seafood, 2 mammals and 15 varieties of algae.

The program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, has retained its relevance according to Sandra Gauthier, general director of Exploreramer. More than ever we realize that we must diversify our catches and we are here precisely to let the population know what comes from here, what we can eat from the Saint -Laurent, she believes.

Ms. Gauthier deplores that the acquisition processes are not equivalent for each of these species, which means that they are not all accessible to consumers.

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ELSE ON INFO: Quebec facing major financial challenges for 2024-2025< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">It is clear that it is much simpler for a Quebecer to obtain Stimpson's surfclam for example or sea urchin and algae, says Ms. Gauthier, compared with bycatch, such as northern hagfish or seaweed. 'hemitriptere atlantique.

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The Atlantic hemitripter, also nicknamed sea toad, is part of the Fourchette Bleue list.

We must […] encourage the fishermen to bring back these species when they find them on their boat, the factory must agree to buy these species from the fishermen and then, the distributor, the fishmonger…, lists Sandra Gauthier.

While it may be interesting to add these species to our plates, particularly to avoid discards at sea, Ms. Gauthier warns that however, they should not constitute fishing objectives.

Federal Fisheries Minister Diane Lebouthillier has authorized fishermen in Quebec and the Atlantic to fish up to 25,000 tonnes of redfish, after the fish was subject to a moratorium for almost 30 years. p>

However, some of them recently reported struggling to find buyers to process their catches in Quebec and being forced to turn to the maritime provinces to sell their stocks.

Sandra Gauthier believes, for her part, that she noted a strong interest in redfish among supermarkets, fishmongers and restaurateurs at the last Salon Fourchette bleue.

However, we still need to interest the local population in this small fish with thin flesh. We are used in Quebec to eating beautiful fish fillets, of the same size, square, without skin, without head, without bones, but we are a of the only countries in the world to consume fish in this way,” she said.

Moreover, for the director of Exploramer, it is crucial that redfish is not exported internationally for the moment. It's also up to us to go some way towards this fish, concludes Sandra Gauthier.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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