Fish by-products are rapidly growing in popularity and broths made from bones and other fish parts are becoming all the rage for health enthusiasts all over the globe.

Bone broths are loaded with vital nutrients like calcium, iodine, and minerals. It has also been found to help support thyroid health, and its natural electrolytes boost muscle repair after workout. But the top ingredient is collagen.

“Gelatin is good for your skin, and your hair, and your bones. Some people claim that it restores gut health.  It is a nutrient dense food that isn’t common in the standard American diet anymore.”

Randy Hartnell is founder and president of Vital Choice, a web based seafood company that is broadening the appeal of fish bone broth well beyond Alaska.  He says the stock was common in our ancestral diet and is coming back due to new health trends.

“It’s sort of following the Paleo nutrition rage. And Paleo has really been growing. This year we have seen many bone broth companies, but not many fish broth companies; it’s not so common yet so we are pleased to be able to offer it our customers.”

A handful of Alaska companies is also on the fish broth bandwagon.

Rich Clarke, owner of Alaska Black Cod, makes his stock out of leftover sablefish carcasses   Ed’s Kasilof Seafoods halibut bone broth was a Beyond the Plate entry at  a recent Symphony of Seafoods competition.  And Alaska Broth Company founder David Chessik hopes that one day his blend will be known as Alaska’s Coffee.

Randy Hartnell points out another benefit to the fish broth’s growing popularity – the reduction of fish waste each year.

“The bones, carcasses, and skins forever have just been discarded. This is a way to take and use some of those by products in a really great way that creates something that is so unique, so healthy from sustainable fish from Alaska which is valuable. That is another good aspect of this product.”