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Olympic Coast seafood is prized all around the world.

From native salmon to Dungeness crab, and shellfish - ranging from delicate calms, buttery or brine mussels and oysters, to the enormous Geoduck - our waters serve up a bountiful meal of delicious seafood to a hungry globe.
 
However, it isn't without cost and concern. OA (Ocean Acidification) is just now being understood by scientists, and all early indications are that it's a deadly component to Red Tide and other climate-related climates of our coasts.
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has been recently designated as a sentinel site for the study of OA and its impacts on Olympic Coast seafood. 
 
Why is it a concern? Climate change emerged in recent decades as a theory and is now a broadly acknowledged phenomenon with impacts demonstrated around the world.  In recent years, shellfish growers in Washington state have needed to develop monitoring and treatment practices to avoid spawning failures that have been linked to the periodic upwelling of more acidic ocean waters. In the not-so-distant future, climate change is projected to profoundly impact coastal and marine ecosystems on a global scale, with anticipated effects on water quality, sea level, temperature, storm intensity, and current patterns.
 
COVID contributes to seafood shortages - A recent Bloomberg News article  titled "No Crabs, No Scallops: Seafood Is Vanishing From Menus in U.S." served up the post COVID problem succinctly;
"Just like in dozens of other overwhelmed industries in the booming economy, there are any number of factors causing the shortages and price spikes: The ports are congested; there aren’t enough fishermen; there aren’t enough truck drivers; demand for seafood at restaurants is soaring."
 
However, thanks to collaborative partnerships and simple - hard - work, area restaurants and regional festivals such as the Dungeness Seafood and Crab Festival are well-positioned to avoid national challenges regarding seafood’s disappearance from restaurant menus due to soaring wholesale costs attributed to COVID-related port congestion, a lack of fishermen and other shortages, CrabFest is connected directly to local fishermen and suppliers with their own dedicated crab boats. Assuring visitors to this Annual Fest (October, 8-10, 2021 along the Port Angeles waterfront) that there will be fresh whole Dungeness Crab from Hightide SeafoodHama Hama Oysters, sourced using their own 5-generations of tide flats served raw and BBQ. And additional oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms, growing Northwest oysters since the 1890’s, and MORE! 
 
 
For over a decade the Olympic Culinary Loop (www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com) has celebrated the Olympic Peninsula's sustainable and locally grown and harvested fruits, vegetables, herbs and berries, locally hunted game, bountiful local sea fare, and handcrafted local wines offer farm-to-table experiences with a unique sense of place. 

Prepared with reverence for the local history and culture, fresh Olympic Coast Cuisine is best enjoyed amid the beautiful scenery that surrounds the Olympic Culinary Loop.

While these are trying times, the 'LOOP' remains a delicious destination for authentic seafood. We invite you to explore and taste what the Olympic Coast offers as you Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula!

Four ways to include seafood in your self-care

 

What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle. Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? With help from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, here are four ways delicious and sustainable seafood can be part of being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods: As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Check out some comfort, sustainable seafood recipes in our seafood toolkit with Seafood Nutrition Partnership.  (and don't forget our own Official Olympic Coast Seafood Chowder) YUM!

2. “Spa” Pairings: We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.  

3. Back to Nature: Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

4. Mindfulness: For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

TIP: Enter "seafood" into the SEARCH THE LOOP! tool and drool your way to the dozens of Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula fresh offerings found around the LOOP! 

Serving up Sustainable Hospitality

Join us Tuesday, April 16, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at Ocean Shores Convention Center - 120 West Chance a La Mer Northwest, Ocean Shores, Washington.

The invitation to “Eat Local” all too often involves the same distant sourced pieces of the puzzle and an unfortunate legacy left for our environment and future generations.

How might the Olympic Culinary Loop become known for not only delicious food but also innovative and sustainable hospitality practices?

From understanding and educating to wrestling the waste challenges commonly associated with the hospitality industry to identifying economies of scale solutions that can make a change for the better.

These are some of the topics our panel of passionate experts will discuss at “Lunch & Learn”.  

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Be sure to bring your appetite! Our luncheon buffet will be YUMMY!  Our luncheon buffet will give you a choice of: 

  • Marinated Flank steak with scalloped potatoes 
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Vegetarian options available upon (advance) request

Come early or stay over! Book now and receive great details on 50% off preferred - oceanfront - lodging, within walking distance of the Convention Center at one of the LOOP's newest members The Canterbury Inn! Simply mention that you're with the Olympic Culinary Loop.

Join us!

Good News!

 

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.

The Olympic Culinary Loop joins regional hospitality owners, operators and stewards in agreeing that intentional, collaborative efforts need to be made in order to preserve the beauty and magic found all around the Olympic Peninsula.

Influenced by resources from the nonprofit Destination Stewardship Center

and fueled by education and insights gained at the recent Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit, the January 2019 Olympic Culinary Loop board of directors voted unanimously to adopt and encourage all members to consider the approved Geotourism Code of Good Practices

Olympic Culinary Loop members have as much personality behind their labels as they put into every one of their delicious products, says Steve Shively, Marketing and Membership Director for the Olympic Culinary Loop. "They choose to bring their talents to the Olympic Peninsula because of its exceptional natural beauty and resources. To maintain this place is a smart and sustainable business for all", states Shively. We hope that the OCL (Olympic Culinary Loop) endorsement of 'Geotourism (Code of) Good Practices' will help both members and visitors better understand the sustainability extra efforts everyone needs to make today in order to ensure an enjoyable tomorrow" 

Shively noted that on April 16, 2019 in Ocean Shores, Washington the Olympic Culinary Loop will host an informative "Lunch & Learn" business luncheon on the various Eco Hospitality Opportunities. Event details can be found at www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com

 

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