Project

Gulf of Maine Sashimi

Securing locally sourced, premium quality seafood for New England

Gulf of Maine Sashimi was founded to realize the maximum potential for seafood from the New England region. This mission-driven business venture is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Project Goals:

  • Create a premium market for the highest quality, sustainably harvested fish from the Gulf of Maine.
  • Support harvesters by training them in best handling practices that produce superior quality fresh fish, prolonged shelf lives, and reduced waste.
  • Compete with high end imported products by maximizing the value of locally harvested fin fish and showcasing the seasonal variety and diversity in the Gulf of Maine.
  • Create a new seafood business paradigm that contributes to coastal economic health, food security, and environmental stewardship.
  • Buy directly from fishermen who use our techniques to deliver high quality products.

Top U.S. chefs and food retailers crave the finest ingredients, including a diversity of fresh seafood with a story. Yet, most cannot presently access local sashimi-grade seafood and instead import product from Japan. This drives up the price (as much as half of the cost of the fish is for shipping), and chefs and retailers lose the opportunity to prepare and market “local” seafood, which is extremely appealing to their customer base. Gulf of Maine Sashimi provides the highest quality, locally harvested seafood to markets that demand top quality and are willing to pay for it.

We work directly with harvesters to provision leading chefs, distribution companies, and retailers that yearn for local sashimi-grade seafood. We also make our products available directly to consumers via our online store. We return the greatest per pound value to the harvester and create access to local seafood. Our quality seafood offers an extended shelf life, which translates into less waste and higher margin for our customers. We are the only local offloading and distribution company working directly with fishermen to ensure that sashimi-grade vessel-level handling protocols are followed and that fishermen are compensated adequately for high standards of stewardship practice.

Gulf of Maine Sashimi is a company that was incubated at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, an internationally recognized research organization with an established Sustainable Seafood Program and strong relationships with the region's seafood industry. Our business vision emerged from several years of work with fishermen and seafood buyers to realize the market potential for high quality seafood.

Visit Gulf of Maine Sashimi's website to learn more, and stay up to date with the latest news by reading their blog.

Staff Contact


Blaine Grimes
Blaine Grimes Chief Ventures Officer (207) 228-1655 [email protected]

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