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By Tony Novak
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Our first products were live soft and hard shell crabs
Our first products were live soft and hard shell crabs

Nantuxent Seafood started in 2012 with the sale of live blue claw crabs and soft shell crabs under an aquaculture license issued by the State of New Jersey. Live crabs are a tasty treat but have a short shelf life. Over the past few years we've developed ways to process, package and freeze the crabs to deliver a high quality and stable food product as a direct dock-to-table system. We worked hard to get the necessary certification, permits and licenses. Now we are almost ready to launch those new processed crab products. What we need is you!

cooked ready-to-eat soft shell crabs
cooked ready-to-eat soft shell crabs

 

cleaned frozen crab as a dock-to-table seafood product
cleaned frozen crab as a dock-to-table seafood product

Our small rural marina at Money Island NJ already plays a central role in the oyster and crab harvesting industry on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. We don't meant to pick a fight but Delaware Bay crabs and oysters are considered by industry insiders as superior to Chesapeake bay harvest. Some producers actually buy from our harvesters and resell under other better known brands. We have an overabundance of crabs and oysters here and so we effectively operate as a marketing co-op for the harvesters and "shedders" who dock and work here. Our latest project allows crabbers to dock here for free and gives them additional support and resources if they join us in this new seafood marketing effort.

commercial waterman netting bunker for crab bait
commercial waterman netting bunker for crab bait

 

Local crab harvesters have sold live blue crabs by the bushel baskets to wholesalers for decades. We are expanding our operations to bring fresh local sustainable dock-to-table crabs and other seafood in a processed form for quick preparation that consumers want today.

The money raised in this Kickstarter will be used to cover the cost of crab product development and startup costs incurred so far, development of a better promotional video and other crab product development costs over the winter. 

By spring we expect to have more operational and processing partners to ramp up overall production. The Nantuxent Seafood crab processing project is part of a larger overall stabilization and redevelopment plan for Money Island, New Jersey, the state's second most productive seafood landing port. We are responding to the challenges of sea level rise, evolving government priorities, changes in public use of outdoor recreational activities. We've spent more than a million dollars here since superstorm Sandy and have many more improvements planned. A draft copy of the Money Island revitalization plan document is available on request.

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steamed cleaned blue claw crabs

This video is an update crated on 11/2/2017. On Sunday 11/5 we still had some commercial crab harvesting activity. The next wek should be important to our long term seafood business development. 

 

Risks and challenges

Our mission to develop a sustainable dock-to-table environmentally sustainable seafood cooperative involves some risks and challenges including: 1) weather, 2) climate change impact or other natural forces, and 3) government fees and regulation. Of these, we find government fees and regulation to be the most challenging.

We will be required to upgrade the equipment at our working waterfront to meet the seafood processing requirements established by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the State of New Jersey. Tony Novak just recently completed the required federal seafood training certification program.

We've put an enormous effort into rebuilding our infrastructure, docks, seawalls and physical facilities since superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Collectively the amount of private and public spending at Money Island Marina in the past five years on infrastructure and equipment is about a million dollars. We still have about $220,000 of debt and planned expenditures.

Local government plans to install public utilities here; this is a long slow process outside of our control. In the meanwhile, we rely on temporary or outdated infrastructure for water, electric, wastewater and internet.

We researched and tested a handful of new processed crab products over this past season. There is no doubt that people love the quality and value of our crabs. The primary challenge now is finding new direct dock-to-table customers to fill this new distribution model. We are working with the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton NJ and the various offices of Cumberland County NJ to fulfill remaining open government requirements.

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