Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works with leaders across the seafood industry – from chefs to multinationals – to catalyze the transition to sustainable fishing practices (and reward fishermen once it occurs). Below is a description of some of our current sustainable seafood projects:
Eat These Fish! highlights twelve species that exemplify what happens when we shift to smarter fisheries management. They are representative of a growing list of sustainable, abundant and delicious American seafood that you should feel great about sourcing, preparing and consuming.
This campaign is promoted in partnership with the National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Program, Chefs Collaborative, FishChoice.com and other industry leaders. Our goal is to connect chefs, restaurateurs, retailers and consumers with the story of the comeback of our nation’s fisheries.
The US West Coast groundfish fishery includes over 90 different species, and as a result of serial overfishing and high bycatch, it was declared a federal disaster in 2000. But as a result of new management and better science, stocks have rebounded and many species are now thriving – with recent recognition and certification by Seafood Watch and the Marine Stewardship Council. Unfortunately many of these fish are still relatively unknown or undervalued in the marketplace. By hosting educational events and collaborating with influential seafood supply chain actors, we are working to make this fishery - and the fishermen in it - an economic as well as environmental success story.
In New England, sector management has maintained and even improved the health of several groundfish stocks, however Atlantic cod populations remain severely depleted despite increasing restrictions on catch. We are promoting underutilized species like Acadian redfish, pollock and silver hake by organizing seafood industry roundtables, partnering with chefs, and exploring new marketing campaigns.
In collaboration with Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance, EDF developed Gulf Wild™ in 2010-11 to help consumers, chefs, and retailers identify responsibly managed, safety-tested, authentic Gulf seafood that could be tracked directly to its source.
Gulf Wild™ requires participating fishermen to verify that their fish were caught in a sustainable manner under a unique set of “Conservation Covenants”, which guarantee conscientious harvesting. Each Gulf Wild™ fish is marked with a gill tag that records the species, catch location, landing port, and even information about the vessel and its captain. The public can access this information by entering the tag number on the Gulf Wild™ website.
Building on its proven track record of responsibly sourced wild-caught and farm-raised seafood, H-E-B is now partnered with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) as its primary sustainability advisor for seafood purchases in all of its H-E-B and Central Market stores.
H-E-B’s existing sustainability policy covers all fresh, frozen, and prepared seafood items. As an enhancement to that program, over the past year, H-E-B and EDF have worked closely with the retailer’s suppliers to improve sustainability in new fisheries and to source farmed seafood from that meet international certification standards for environmental performance.
Share the Gulf is a coalition of hundreds of chefs, restaurateurs, trade associations, seafood businesses, fishermen, conservationists, local food advocates and regular consumers that want to keep the local Gulf seafood industry fair and strong. Coalition members engage with policy makers to ensure Gulf seafood continues to be shared fairly and sustainably so that all of us can enjoy it for generations to come. Join the coalition at www.sharethegulf.org.
EDF’s Seafood Selector profiles hundreds of the most popular seafood choices available in the U.S. market. In partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, it provides useful information on the environmental impacts of different wild and farmed seafood choices. Species-specific mercury levels, and corresponding healthy eating advice, are also available. Learn more at seafood.edf.org.
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