When it sometimes feels like you are whistling into the wind, it is reassuring when the wider world reflects back at you. We speak often of “underloved fish”, but our voices become louder when the Wall Street Journal tells the story. It seems that a growing audience is beginning to realize that there are more than four species of fish in the sea.
University of Washington fisheries professor Ray Hilborn wrote this week about the ‘rising tide of America’s sustainable seafood’, celebrating the success of America’s fishery management, and speaking optimistically for the future. Lesser known species are finding their way to home chefs, as with our excellent partners at Plated, as reported by Bloomberg Business. Progressive and fast growing restaurant groups like our excellent partners at the Colorado based The Kitchen are introducing low cost, abundant, sustainable and delicious fish to diners around the country. And Sea to Table was recognized this week by our software partner NetSuite, a key reason we can deliver fish landed today to your kitchen tomorrow from 38 different docks to over 1000 chefs in 46 states.
We believe sustainable seafood means more than just healthy fish stocks; it is a three legged stool. Not only do we need to protect our valuable natural resource, we need to support the fishermen that harvest it and the traditional communities they support by creating a better market for their catch. This creates a win for everyone.
Unfortunately fisheries around the globe are not trending as well. In the Southern Oceans illegal pirate fishing runs rampant. A boat snared poaching was detained after docking in Thailand with 180 tons of Antarctic toothfish. The F/V Kunlun arrived in Phuket on Monday and attempted to offload what it claimed was grouper. Previously registered to Equatorial Guinea, it was falsely reflagged as an Indonesian vessel and renamed F/V Taichan. This week in the Huffington Post, there is a call for using better transparency in the seafood supply chain to fight rampant human trafficking; Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too.
We think lots of good things happen when people eatbetterfish.
All the best,
from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team