Black rockfish, one of the species to be introduced in the US market. (Photo: StockFile)
PAFCO will import rare fish species in local market
Friday, June 14, 2013, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
Korea Agro-Trade Centre, Los Angeles and Pacific American Fish Company (PAFCO) have announced that they will be hosting a Live Fish Showcase and Buyer Luncheon to present a new and revolutionary method of transporting fish along with the import of new fish species that have been mostly unavailable in the US.
PAFCO partnered up with Hanjin Shipping, a Korean aquaculture farm, and the Government of South Korea to have shipping containers outfitted with tanks so they can transport live fish from South Korea to the US. Extensive testing has been done with halibut, turbot, and black rockfish, the last of which is rarely available in the US.
The aquaculture farm in South Korea where the fish are raised operates under very strict standards and is closely monitored by the South Korean government to ensure that their fish are of top quality, farmed in an environment without chemicals or pesticides.
PAFCO is now importing live fish regularly and selling them to restaurants and markets throughout Southern California. The fish are kept in large tanks at PAFCO’s facilities before being transferred to tanks within trucks, and eventually moved to tanks at restaurants and markets.
The Live Fish Showcase and Buyer Luncheon will take place on 20 June at the Hilton in San Gabriel, California. There will be live fish on display as well as a variety of seafood dishes prepared by PAFCO’s corporate chef, which visitors will be able to sample.
Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation (aT) is a Korean government-invested organisation for agricultural and fisheries marketing services and international trade. It provides publicly profitable support services in the agricultural marketing sector and also introduces and promotes Korean food and culture to the US.
PAFCO was founded almost four decades ago. It offers over 3,000 fresh and frozen products and is the parent company of numerous brands including Oceankist, Pacific Surf, Snak N’Go, and Pete’s Seafood.
By Natalia Real