October is National Seafood Month, and the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition is making it easier than ever to celebrate by enjoying Gulf of Mexico seafood favorites with its new Gulf Coast seafood finder mobile app. Whether it’s baked, broiled, blackened or grilled, finding flavorful wild-caught Gulf Coast seafood at a market, restaurant or wholesaler is now just a “touch” away.
Available on iPhone and Android mobile devices, the Gulf Coast seafood finder mobile app provides consumers with the latest listing of retail stores, restaurants and wholesalers that carry Gulf Coast seafood. The mobile app allows users to search by state, city and/or zip code as well as by species (crab, finfish, oysters and shrimp). The mobile app also acts as a virtual recipe book providing everything from appetizers to entrees ideas for the next gathering. Additionally, fans will receive seasonality information to ensure they are serving the freshest, wild-caught, premium seafood available.
“National Seafood Month is observed to remind Americans to consume the recommended amount of seafood, which is at least two servings a week, promote sustainable fishing and encourage home-chefs to overcome the intimidation of preparing seafood at home,” said Joanne McNeely, seafood marketing coordinator for the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition. “Now with the Gulf Coast Seafood finder mobile app, on-the-go Gulf Coast seafood enthusiasts can easily locate their favorite Gulf Coast seafood menu item as well as download quick seafood cooking tips and recipes.”
With the help of the Gulf states’ seafood marketing agencies, the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition will update the finder database on an ongoing basis. Retailers, restaurants and wholesalers that are unlisted but supply Gulf Coast seafood can add themselves to the finder by visiting eatgulfseafood.com and going to the “find it” page or by adding it directly through the app. Gulf Seafood consumers also can add their favorite business to the database by doing the same.
The Coalition—comprised of the Gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida—provides a unified vision to promote Gulf Coast seafood.