Making friends with your local fishmonger can make all the difference to your Easter seafood feasts according to James Marinopoulos from Red Coral Seafood in Melbourne.
Along with consulting the Australian Marine Conservation Society’s (AMCS) GoodFish Sustainable Seafood Guide, fishmongers can help you source quality, sustainable ingredients and advise on what’s plentiful or in short supply.
“Your fishmonger is in and out of the markets on a daily basis and will be able to keep you up to speed on new products coming through and any changes in the supply chain,” said Mr Marinopoulos, who is sales manager for this leader in ethically-sourced seafood.
“Supply and demand and current weather conditions always play a huge role on availability throughout the year.”
Once you get your seafood home, GoodFish users can then benefit from some new features just added to the fully independent guide which are designed to enhance home cooking.
GoodFish program manager Sascha Rust said all Green (Better Choice) rated species now came with advice on preparation and best cooking methods, including whether the food is best enjoyed oven cooked, pan fried, smoked or barbecued.
“Following the Covid lockdowns, our supporters were crying out for advice on the best ways to cook the sustainable seafood they’d sourced,” said Mr Rust.
“We developed the Cook at Home program in conjunction with chefs to provide home cooking inspiration while supporting the Covid-hit food industry.
“Luckily, many of us have been able to return to eating out, but perhaps with a renewed love of home cooking too thanks to lockdowns, so we wanted to develop GoodFish to provide easier access to cooking advice.”
The updates to GoodFish also includes easy links to more sustainable alternatives if you find yourself stuck with a recipe calling for a red-listed species.
“For example, our entry on farmed Tasmanian salmon, which is red listed because of environmental impacts, now features direct links to alternatives like King Salmon, Rainbow Trout and Cobia, which can all be enjoyed in similar ways without the guilt,” added Mr Rust.
AMCS sustainable seafood program manager Adrian Meder said the changes would help guide seafood lovers out and about at the fishmongers or the supermarket as the updates were available on the GoodFish app as well as the website.
“Making the best choices for our oceans and your guests this Easter can be in the palm of your hand with this update,” he said.
“GoodFish has always been about empowering people with the best, science-based information on seafood, and these additions will help home cooks make the most of their purchases in the kitchen.”