Podcast Episode 101: Seafood & Sustainable Aquaculture – Egil Sundheim

Oct 17, 2018


“My wish is that every family would have one ‘go-to’ seafood recipe to help them get at least one more serving of fish every week. Seafood is easier to prepare than people might think and there are so many great recipes available. Just find the types of fish you like and know that you can substitute seafood for any other protein source in any dish.” – Egil Sundheim

October is National Seafood Month! I recently traveled to Norway where I learned all about sustainable aquaculture and the Norwegian history of stewardship of the ocean. (Disclosure: The Norwegian Seafood Council invited me on this trip and paid for all trip expenses. This podcast is not sponsored.)  

Sustainable aquaculture in Norway

Open water salmon pens (2.5% fish/97.5% water) – the fish are jumping to fill their swim bladders with air

My guest for this episode is Egil Sundheim, who I had the opportunity to meet while fishing, eating, and exploring in Norway. Egil has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to helping the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) thrive and evolve within the ever-changing seafood landscape. Egil serves as the NSC’s U.S. Director and has held numerous leadership titles during his tenure including marketing manager, senior analyst, and director of market information. He attended Nord University where he graduated with a degree in business administration then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Egil and I clear up some common myths and misconceptions about fish and discuss the importance of increasing the amount of seafood you eat weekly. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood, yet only 1 in 10 Americans are meeting this goal. This episode is full of important information about the health benefits of seafood, how to pick the freshest seafood while you’re shopping, and ideas for a go-to seafood recipe of your own. Be sure to check out all the great seafood resources below!

Exploring sustainable aquaculture in Norway

Standing on the edge of an open water salmon pen in the fjord

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Why you should be eating seafood at least twice a week.
  • Two of my favorite ways to get more seafood in my diet.
  • What sustainable aquaculture is and how it’s evolved over the last few decades.
  • The regulations the Norwegian government uses to ensure its farmed salmon is high-quality, healthy, and ecologically sustainable. 
  • Why the “debate” over whether farmed or wild salmon is best may be unnecessary.
  • Why transparency and a dedication to sustainability are such a critical part of Norway’s seafood production.
  • The benefits of omega-3s in seafood and how farmers make sure their salmon get enough of them.
  • What to look for when you’re buying seafood.

Smoked salmon at a local market

Various fish, seagull eggs and whale meat at a local market

Listen to the Full Episode:

Featured on the Show:

  • To see more images including many of the various fish dishes we enjoyed in Norway, go to my blog post and gallery here.
  • My mom’s healthy, simple, go-to seafood recipe:
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5 from 1 vote

Oven-Poached Whitefish

Melissa's mom's "go-to" seafood recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Whitefish


  • 12 ounces fish thawed
  • 4 cups fat free milk
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped
  • Dash of white pepper


  • Mix milk, margarine, green onion and white pepper in a 9x12 baking pan.
  • Cover and heat in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven until simmering.
  • Add fish and bake until fish flakes when tested with a fork, approximately 10 minutes.

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