Informational Cards Inform Seafood Marketgoers about Nutrition, Preparation, and Health
Seafood Safety and Technology - News

Michael Ciaramella (pictured at far left) has earned the Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant Network’s Early Career Achievement Award. Ciaramella (and Delaware Sea Grant's Edward A. Lewandowski, at far right) received the honor at late March 2018's Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant regional meeting, held in Corolla, North Carolina. They are joined here by New Jersey Sea Grant Associate Director for Sea Grant Administration / Director of Research & Extension Pete Rowe.

Since starting in August 2015, Ciaramella has authored four peer-reviewed publications and organizing six workshop and produced over a dozen extension products, including this information card series as well as curricula, lesson plans, brochures, guidebooks, instructional guides. "In two and a half years, Michael has developed, implemented and grown extension programs, elevating our Seafood Safety and Technology efforts to a new level of excellence," says NYSG Associate Director Kathy Bunting-Howarth. Credit: North Carolina Sea Grant


Michael Ciaramella, NYSG’s Seafood Specialist, E:, P: (631) 632-8730

Ryan Strother, NYSG Freelance Publicist, E:, P: (612) 288-2418

Stony Brook, NY, April 12, 2018 – Michael Ciaramella, New York Sea Grant (NYSG)’s Seafood Specialist, has developed a series of seafood information cards designed to educate consumers on selecting, handling and preparing seafood appropriately and safely. The card series encompasses seafood consumption from dock to dish and is designed to be distributed anywhere fish are sold in New York.

The identification cards provide information on how to select fresh fish at the market. For example, fillets and steaks should have firm flesh, moist appearance and be translucent. Another in the series advises consumers to look for or ask to see proper identifying tags accompanying shellfish.

A second set of cards communicates general guidelines for handling seafood. The cards advise at what temperature fish or shellfish should be stored, as well as information about their shelf life and other handling instructions.

A preparation deck informs consumers how to thaw, cook, and prepare raw finfish and shellfish. This includes information about how long to store live shellfish and provides guidelines for storing and reheating leftover portions.

Seafood nutrition postcards are also available for several popular species. These postcards indicate calories, vitamins, minerals and other nutritional information of finfish and shellfish.

Both sets of informational cards can be downloaded, printed, and distributed anywhere fish are purchased or served. For more, see

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

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