American consumers have heard all about the health benefits of seafood, which is high in critical nutrients such as Omega-3 and DHA , which can help ward off everything from heart attacks and high blood pressure to strokes. While the USDA recommends consuming two eight-ounce servings of seafood weekly, nearly 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended minimum. There are two key reasons for this. First, many Americans are concerned about mislabeling and misidentification of seafood—with good reason. According to conservation group Oceana, more than 20 percent of seafood sold in grocery stores, markets, and restaurants is mislabeled, in some cases with inexpensive species labeled as more expensive sea bass or snapper. Second, many consumers are unsure how to select and properly prepare seafood.
The solution: KnowSeafood. The New Bedford-based startup is launching a game-changing online seafood market that uses innovative blockchain technology to bring traceability and trust to the seafood chain. Americans can now purchase a variety of the highest-quality sustainable, natural seafood and track it from the moment it’s caught or landed until the moment it’s delivered to their door.
In the U.S., seafood typically goes through an average of four to seven middlemen before it arrives in grocery stores. While 90% of the seafood consumed in the US is imported, about half of that is actually American-caught seafood that is reimported after processing overseas—often in China or Southeast Asia. Such a long and complicated supply chain inevitably leads to more middlemen with no way to trace its provenance. This provides ample opportunities for purposeful and accidental misidentification and labeling.
KnowSeafood builds traceability into the food chain by cutting out the middlemen and working only with trusted global harvesters who share the same high sustainability standards, are committed to environmental protection, and are actively engaged in corporate social responsibility. Each piece of fish is shipped directly from harvesters to KnowSeafood, removing middlemen along with opportunities for mislabeling and the use of additives or preservatives. Every harvester must adopt blockchain technology, which further ensures traceability and provides the end consumer with complete transparency.
Innovative blockchain technology from VeChain underpins KnowSeafood’s sustainability and traceability guarantee. KnowSeafood supply partners upload harvesting, processing, and shipping data; the data is immutable and cannot be changed, ensuring every detail of when and where the seafood was caught, processed, and shipped is accurately recorded, building trust directly into the food chain.
These details are immediately available on KnowSeafood’s online seafood market and on all packaging via the StoryBird supply chain transparency application, which provides consumers with interactive profiles of the fishermen, details their sustainability practices, maps out the location of the harvest, and reports the time and date when the seafood was landed, processed, shipped, and delivered. Consumers concerned about fish fraud, use of additives and preservatives, and unsustainable fishing methods now KnowWho, KnowWhen, KnowHow, and KnowWhere their seafood came from even before they buy.
The harvesters inspect, grade, prepare, and pack their seafood into individual portions and then flash freeze it at -40°c to -80°c, all within hours of being landed. KnowSeafood ensures all of its seafood is frozen only once—which guarantees exceptional quality and avoids the degradation in flavor and texture that occurs when seafood is iced, thawed, and frozen multiple times. KnowSeafood is thawed just once, when it’s safely in the consumer’s home and ready to be cooked. What’s more, KnowSeafood is natural, with no additives or preservatives, and comes with a 100% happiness guarantee.
The company is making serious commitments to combat climate change and help protect the environment, starting with its net-zero carbon cold storage facility in New Bedford, Mass. Orders are received from harvesters and shipped to customers exclusively in Vericool boxes made with 100% compostable insulation and 100% recyclable materials.
KnowSeafood enables consumers to buy sustainable and fully traceable seafood from world-class suppliers of the highest quality varieties including scallops, tuna, lobster, haddock, shrimp, mahi-mahi, sea bass, and salmon. Suppliers include:
Aurora Salmon from Lerøy Sushi-grade salmon raised under the Aurora Borealis in the arctic fjords of Norway on a diet of natural marine algae oils, including one grown here in the U.S.A. These oils are the richest source of EPA & DHA Omega 3—the two key types of healthy Omega 3s that are only found in fish and seafood. Using algal oil promotes marine biodiversity and makes salmon more sustainable by reducing the wild-caught fish used as salmon feed.
Nordic Wild Sea Scallops from Nordic Inc, New Bedford, MA Natural, wild, hand-shucked sea scallops strictly from US-North Atlantic waters. Owned and operated by Dan & Daneen Eilertsen, this fleet of six scallopers is the pride of New Bedford. It’s also Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified, which ensures its fishing practices do not diminish wild fish populations or the ecosystem they’re part of. Never treated with additives, their scallops are on ice within 90 minutes of being landed, and you can taste the difference a family’s pride makes.
Rocky Coast Lobster Tails from Owls Head, Maine These lobsters are harvested in the morning and brought to the dock the same day by independently owned day boats working off the coast of Owls Head Maine. The cold and pristine waters around Owls Head are famous for a rich and diverse ecosystem that produces some of the world’s best-tasting lobsters, while strict regulations limiting the number of pots, crew, and minimum/maximum size of the catch ensure the sustainability of the fishery.
In addition to:
- Artesean’s Diver Caught Bay Scallops—SeaCorp, Peru
- Harvest of the Sea Shrimp --Harvest of the Sea, India/Vietnam
- Maldhoni Tuna – Maldives Quality Seafood Inc., Maldives/Sri Lanka
- Oceano Mahi Mahi – Oceano Seafood, Peru
- PezCo Rainbow Trout – PezCo Aquafarming, Colombia
- Royal Greenland Chilean Sea Bass – Royal Greenland, Chile
- Royal Greenland Cold Water Cooked Shrimp -- Royal Greenland, The Maritimes, Canada
- Alaska Gold Halibut and Sablefish – Seafood Producers Cooperative Sitka, Alaska
The co-founders of KnowSeafood, Daniel McQuade and Paul Neves, grew up in New Bedford, MA, a top seafood port in the U.S., and have a combined 50 years of experience in the seafood industry. Their mission at KnowSeafood: giving home chefs a direct connection to trusted harvesters of sustainable, natural, trusted, and traceable seafood while remaining fully committed to protecting the environment. They want to ensure the oceans and seas are alive and thriving for generations to come.
KnowSeafood’s first-of-its-kind blockchain platform also allows customers to share recipes and photos, connect with harvesters, and connect with other seafood-loving KnowBuddies across the U.S.
The co-founders of KnowSeafood, Daniel McQuade and Paul Neves, have a combined 50 years of experience in the seafood industry. Their mission at KnowSeafood: giving home chefs a direct connection to trusted harvesters of sustainable, natural, trusted, and traceable seafood while remaining fully committed to protecting the environment. They want to ensure the oceans and seas are alive and thriving for generations to come.