Salty Girl Seafood Introduces Salmon Bites for Kids at 2017 Expo West Show; Nominated for two NEXTY Awards

Salty Girl Seafood Salmon Bites for Kids

Salty Girl Seafood Salmon Bites for Kids

Santa Barbara, California, February 24, 2017 – Salty Girl Seafood, makers of sustainable, traceable, ready-to-cook seafood, are introducing their first item developed specifically with kids in mind – Salmon Bites for Kids – at Natural Products Expo West this March, Booth H933. Packed with omega 3’s and hidden veggies, these bite-sized finger foods are the first wild-caught salmon, breading-free product for kids of all ages. The product has been chosen as a finalist in two categories for a prestigious NEXTY Award, an internationally recognized award given to companies with the most innovative natural products.

Made with wild-caught Alaskan salmon, broccoli, and sweet potato, Salty Girl Seafood’s Salmon Bites for Kids are naturally gluten and dairy free, non-GMO, with no added sugars, and no added artificial colors or flavors. They provide a healthy source of protein (12g per serving) and omega-3s.

“This is an exciting addition to our product line,” said co-founder Norah Eddy. “After hearing parents express frustration over a lack of healthy, easy seafood options that taste great for their family, we rose to the challenge. These Salmon Bites are also sourced with the same sustainability and traceability standards our company has become known for, and providing that traceability information right on the box is a great way to educate our youngest consumers about where their seafood comes from.”

From more than 720 nominations, Salty Girl Seafood Salmon Bites for Kids, was chosen as one of the three finalists in the “Best New Natural Kids Product” category and one of four finalists in the “Best New Mission-Based Product” category for the NEXTY Awards. All finalist products will be showcased at Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center March 8-12, North America’s leading natural, organic and healthy products trade show.

About Salty Girl Seafood

Salty Girl Seafood, Inc. is a sustainable seafood company founded in 2014 that develops sustainable, traceable, simple to prepare seafood products that incentivize sustainable fishing practices and promote stewardship of oceans. For more information on Salty Girl Seafood and where to find products in stores nationwide, please visit the Salty Girl Seafood website or join their community on Facebook and Instagram.

Contact: Gina Auriemma, Marketing
gina@saltygirlseafood.com

Salty Girl of the Month: Anna Neumann, Reef Check California

Since we launched Salty Girl Seafood, one of the first things that people say is how much they love the name. Often we are asked, what does it mean to be a Salty Girl?  

salty: of the sea, sailing or life at sea.

This is a series of blogs honoring our kindred Salty Girls--women whose lives and livelihoods revolve around all things ocean.

Like so many great Salty Girl stories, this month’s Salty Girl attributes her love of the ocean to her family. After spending countless summers sharing the joys of the ocean surrounded by family and friends, Anna Neumann pursued her passion for the sea as a student of Oceanography and Scientific Diver at Humboldt State University. Her dive skills soon brought her to Mexico where she became a dive instructor and, of course, took full advantage of the good life down south! Today, Anna combines her dive skills and passion for the ocean as a regional manager for Reef Check California, the largest statewide citizen-scientist monitoring program for California’s marine protected areas (MPA) and nearshore rocky reef ecosystems. Anna works with people from all walks of life to teach them how to collect the necessary data to inform the science that protects our reefs and nearshore environment. The ocean is at the center of it all for this Salty Girl, and we’re inspired to see her sharing all that the ocean has to offer with those around her.

SG: What do you love most about the ocean?

AN: I love everything about the ocean. I love the dichotomy of it, how forceful and dynamic it can be pushing me mentally, physically and emotionally and at the same time be captivating, soft and healing. I love the moment when I first submerge and everything goes quiet, then I tune into the environment and I can start to hear the little clicks and taps. And as I settle into my dive all the stress that plagues life on the surface falls away. I also love how the ocean brings together the people I love. Summer days spent boogie boarding with my mom, aunts and cousins laughing so hard it hurts to breathe, kiteboarding with my dad and brother in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and diving with my scuba and Reef Check family on the north coast. The ocean has found a way into every facet of my life and I love it that way.

SG: What does being a Salty Girl mean to you?

AN: Embracing the salt, sand, sunburn and everything that comes along with a long day spent underwater!  It means traversing airports, train stations and boarding crossing with soggy bags and no clean clothes. It means pulling urchin spines out of my hands and knees and patching holes in wetsuits.  It means being unapologetic about my passion for the ocean.

SG: Who first got you hooked on the sea?

AN: My parents! We were always at the beach on the weekends and spent many summers sailing North and Central America. They threw me in the ocean when I was a little kid and I never really got out of the water. Every summer (for almost 10 years) my family would host "Daddy Bob's Surf Camp" were all of our friends and family would gather at a local beach and we would teach them to surf or just play around in the ocean for three days non-stop. It was always the event of the summer for me and I started doing marine biology talks when I was in high school and realized how much I liked teaching folks at Surf Camp about the ocean.

SG: When you close your eyes and think of your favorite time on the ocean what do you see?

AN: I think of diving Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey where giant kelp shoots to the surface and seals glide by to say “hello”. Every rock teams with life from sponges and bryozoans, to crabs, sea stars and snails in the cracks shy rockfish hide while their more outgoing counterparts dart between blades of kelp.

SG: What does a healthy ocean look like to you?

AN: I think a healthy ocean is all about diversity, not only different types of fish or invertebrates but a diverse group of organisms within each trophic level.

SG: What is your favorite seafood recipe?

AN: Lingcod or rockfish tacos with onions, cilantro and lime is a classic meal. However, during crab season, I make a delicious spicy crab bisque with coconut milk instead of cream.

SG: What do you never leave home without?

AN: My dog, Fin! He’s my best buddy and we go everywhere together! My wetsuit and a trauma kit have also found a permanent place in my truck.

Salty Girl of the Month: Alelia Parenteau, Surf Like a Girl

Since we launched Salty Girl Seafood, one of the first things that people say is how much they love the name. Often we are asked, what does it mean to be a Salty Girl?  

salty: of the sea, sailing or life at sea.

This is a series of blogs honoring some of our favorite Salty Girls--women whose lives and livelihoods revolve around all things ocean.

Alelia Parenteau, iSurf School & Surf Like a Girl Foundation

Alelia Parenteau, iSurf School & Surf Like a Girl Foundation

We couldn’t think of a more inspiring Salty Girl to kick off the New Year! This month’s Salty Girl is a woman who literally does it all. She’s a surfer, mother, entrepreneur, and all around ocean lover who has made it her mission in life to spread the joy of surfing to women and girls of all ages through her company iSurf School. In addition balancing her day job and running iSurf, Alelia founded Surf Like a Girl Foundation, a non-profit organization provides needs-based surf programming to underserved girls with the goal of introducing the wonders of surfing to girls who would not have access to the sport.  With a new year comes the opportunity to seize the day, try something new, and write your own adventure. We know Alelia will inspire you, as she has inspired us, to take 2017 by storm!

SG: What do you love most about the ocean?

AP: What I love most about the ocean is how dynamic it is. No two days in the ocean are exactly the same. When the sun is shining it looks like a million crystals are dancing on the water's surface and when the clouds are out it becomes this mysterious depth full of adventure and intrigue. I am also in awe of how the tides, winds and swells change the ocean - something you are particular in tune with when you surf...the ocean on a flat day versus a huge swell day is a completely different beast. It's kind of amazing!

SG: What does being a Salty Girl mean to you?

AP: It means that I respect the ocean. That I have committed to taking care of it so that I and others can keep enjoying it. It means that I am a steward of the ocean.

SG: Who first got you hooked on the sea?

AP: I first got hooked when I lived in Hawaii. The water is the most amazing shade of blue you've ever seen. And warm! It's just so inviting. When I moved to Santa Barbara it took me a little while to get used to wearing a wetsuit and to brushing up against the huge beds of sea kelp. But once I got used to it I started to love that cold aliveness of our coastal beaches. I love the peacefulness of being out in the ocean...I feel so in tune with nature when I'm out there.

SG: When you’re not on the ocean, what are you doing?

AP: When I'm not in the ocean I'm running around after my 3 and 5 year old sons, running our business (iSurf) and non-profit (Surf Like a Girl) with my husband and going to my day job (Energy Manager for the City of Santa Barbara). When I'm not doing any of those things I most likely cooking or eating! We like to stay busy!

SG: When you close your eyes and think about your favorite time on the water, what do you see?

AP: Me riding down the line on a wave! It feels like you’re flying over the water! There's no feeling quite like it.

Photo courtesy of iSurf School

Photo courtesy of iSurf School

SG: How does it feel to watch someone catch their first wave?

AP: It's a thrill. Every single person, no matter where they come from, how old they are, how scared they are - when they catch their first wave the look on their face is incredible. Sheer joy. I LOVE sharing that feeling with people through our school and foundation. It's the best feeling.

SG: What does a healthy ocean look like to you?

AP: It looks full of life and free of garbage and pollution. I hate hearing about the threatened coral reefs and the plastic gyre. How sad that we've affected such a massive ecosystem so devastatingly. I enjoy teaching students about how to help prevent further damaging our oceans.

Is there a Salty Girl in your life? Email us to share her story with us and nominate her as a monthly Salty Girl!