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Original Content & Curated News Featuring Sustainable Endeavors in Coastal Virginia & Beyond.

Freshwater Institute's Spring Hill Salmon on diplay at Wegmens March 2016

Salmon from the Mountains of West Virginia

Through a unique harvest, seafood aficionados around the nation's capitol have the opportunity to enjoy some of the tastiest and most sustainable salmon available only for a few precious weeks. While salmon is typically sourced from the oceans and rivers near the coast, Spring Hill salmon comes from deep in the mountains of West Virginia.

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Spring Hill Salmon on display in Wegmans 2016. Image: Dagny LeonardThe Conservation Fund


Aquaponics at NC State's Tally Student Union

The ecologically friendly farming operation was constructed at the university by the Recirculating Farms Club in the summer 2016. In the symbiotic system, fish waste is used to nourish growing produce. The plants receive sustenance and return clean water to the recirculating fish tanks. Lettuce is harvested in 28 day cycles. Half stays on campus for use at dining facilities while the remainder is donated to the local food bank.

Read about sustainable seafood enterprises in this Tidewater Current post.

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Cultivating Carbon Away

10.5.15 - A very simple solution to skyrocketing carbon levels could be right beneath our feet in the land. As agricultural productivity is threatened by climate change, it turns out modern farming practices are contributing to the problem. Thanks to industrial farming methods, a lot of carbon has been displaced. By rebuilding soils through sustainable farming practices, carbon balance can be restored. The rise of the organic food business is already supporting this trend. With increased demand for organic produce and meat, there's a growing groundswell of support for sustainable food production and regenerative agriculture. One proponent of carbon farming is none other than Joel Salatin of Swoope, Virginia. Read more about regenerative agriculture at Polyface Farm.

Improved soil health is necessary to support food security,carbon sequestration and ‪‎climate equilibrium. A new Soil Health Institute is being established in Research Triangle Park, NC. The institute will work with farmers, researchers, policy-makers, industry, environmental groups and consumers to share information, collaborate on research, and develop public policy around soil health. More Info.

spring_hill_salmonNew Sources of Seafood Cropping Up: Aquaculture Ventures from the Mountains to Offshore

To alleviate harvest pressure on wild stocks and reduce pollution and contamination resulting from intensive coastal farm operations, sustainable aquaculture enterprises are emerging in some surprising places. From the mountains to the open ocean, ventures like a land based sea bass farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a salmon farm in West Virginia and a Siberian sturgeon/caviar operation in the Blue Ridge mountains are explored. Read the Feature Story.

picFighting Fishy Activity in the Seafood Industry

2.2.15 - With Asian crab meat marketed as American, seafood fraud is an issue that hits close to home. Product traceability not only ensures quality and protects the interests of US fishermen, it prevents pirate activity and overfishing. In addition to dredging up complex global fishery concerns, many innovative solutions are explored. Read the Feature Story.


Monterey Bay Seafood Watch App

Updated app available for download

Whether you're at the seafood counter or the sushi bar, this app can help you make an informed decision about your meal. It can also help you locate businesses where others have found sustainable seafood. Free, up-to-date seafood recommendations searchable by common market names and access to in-depth conservation notes and reports are at your fingertips.


Global Fishing Watch is an online platform to track the activity of fishing vessels

SkyTruth, a watchdog organization, is keeping an eye on the oceans from their mountain based headquarters in West Virginia. With little oversight on the seas, illegal fishing is unfortunately rampant. By watching fishing patterns observable from satellite data, suspicious activity is monitored and reported. Read more about watching the Sea from the Stars in The Stars Come Out for the Ocean.




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