Consumers need a reliable and current source of information on seafood safety, quality, and availability. The Marine Advisory Program Seafood Education Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Tech’s Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center help meet this need by communicating current research information on seafood through workshops and seminars, cooking demonstrations, professional development programs for chefs, and seafood safety training for processors and retailers.
From the water to your table, keeping seafood safe to eat
Virginia’s seafood industry includes more than 80 fish species from the tidal rivers, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Sea Grant extension work with the fishing industry and seafood processors to ensure safe, sustainable, and delicious seafood makes it to restaurants, markets, and dinner tables across the nation. Projects include:
- Technical assistance to seafood processors in developing food safety plans, instituting best practices in processing, and adhering to state and federal regulations
- The annual Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program’s Chefs’ Seafood Symposium that highlights seafood-related research and features a chef competition
- The sustainable seafood guide provides consumers with an infographic about Virginia fish species, their market names, how they are sold, and their seasonality.
- Testing to extend product shelf-life and development of additional seafood products to add value for seafood processors.
The annual VIMS Marine Advisory Program’s Chefs’ Seafood Symposium highlights seafood-related research and features a chef competition