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. True Fin 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.
True Fin 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.
We spoke with True Fin CEO Jen Levin, GMRI Chief Ventures Officer Blaine Grimes, and fisherman Joe Letourneau to learn more about how True Fin …
A recent grant from the Economic Development Authority powers our Gulf of Maine Ventures team's new partnership with a Boston-based bluetech startup platform.
Here are five simple steps you can take to support the people and businesses who work so hard to provide us with delicious local seafood.