The ocean is more than the world’s deep blue gem. It also provides more than half of the oxygen we breathe, helps regulate the world’s climate and provides the habitat for animals and plants that provide inspiration for potential medicinal discoveries.
One fun and educational activity for you and your kids to enjoy is following the Great Turtle Race, a conservation effort of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, the Leatherback Trust, Tagging of Pacific Predators, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Drexel University. Pick a migrating leatherback sea turtle to follow on its trek across the Pacific Ocean toward the International Date Line. Animated turtles represent real turtles that have been tagged with satellite telemetry devices that reveal their location.
For a list of other World Ocean Day events around the globe, look here.
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The Faces of California Fishing
Lori French is the director of The Faces of California Fishing, a new organization that tells real stories behind California’s fishing communities. French took time out to talk to KidSafe Seafood about the benefits of eating locally caught, fresh seafood.
Q. Why should we buy U.S. seafood over imported seafood?
A. The United States has one of the better-regulated fisheries in the world. Rules are in place to try to protect our resources from being overfished. When you buy seafood from a foreign country, you don’t know how it has been handled and under what kind of conditions it was caught or raised. You also don’t know what environmental regulations were followed or if harmful antibiotics or other chemical substances were used.
Q. What are the biggest difficulties facing local seafood businesses?
A. The biggest difficulties today facing the local fishing industry are decreased access to fish, cheaper foreign imports of seafood and loss of the local fishing infrastructure. What are some solutions? To help the U.S. fishing industry, fishing regulations need to be made with community involvement and be both environmentally and economically viable. Consumers can help by purchasing local seafood; this in turn would help the local fishing communities stay solvent while preserving our maritime heritage. Encourage your local restaurants and seafood providers to sell local products.Q. What is the best way to get children involved in the consumption of local seafood?
A. In every fishing family, children grow up eating fresh fish. Simply buying and preparing fresh seafood on a regular basis is the best way for children to become familiar with local seafood. The recipes don’t have to be fancy. There is a new program starting up to bring information to schoolchildren on the fishing industry, the Fishing Families Cultural Exchange.
Q. What is your favorite seafood recipe?
A. You can’t beat a freshly cooked Dungeness crab served with French bread and a salad, or a nice piece of grilled California King Salmon.
To learn more about The Faces of California Fishing and download recipes, stories and seafood tips visit www.thefacesofcaliforniafishing.com.
Buying locally caught seafood and harvested produce is not only better for you and your children, it’s also better for your local economy and the environment. The local food movement is a return to the type of shopping experience that our grandparents enjoyed as children. Take a trip to the local farmers’ market on a sunny Saturday morning and watch your family’s face light up at the variety of food that can be found there.Your kids will have fun helping you make the following recipes.
Give your Family a Gift that’s Good for Them and the Environment
Celebrate the Holiday’s with KidSafe Seafood’s a Southern Italian Celebration
Surrounded by salt water on three sides, southern Italy really knows how to serve the fruit of the sea. In fact, they even have a holiday tradition that capitalizes on the local seafood bounty and reflects this deep-rooted connection to the sea. Italian-Americans have turned this tradition into a holiday institution. KidSafe Seafood is glad to join them on their culinary journey through their cultural past.
Feast Recipes: – http://www.kidsafeseafood.com/recipe_party_FeastoftheSevenFish.php
Check out KidSafe Seafood’s feature in Mothering Magazine.
Seafoods are packed with great nutrition. Here’s how to choose the most sustainable and healthiest options for your brood: