Joseph Lee Moderator • about 2 years ago
Problem Statement 15-6: "A tool to provide sourcing information and access to local, sustainable seafood."
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Seafood Smart and the National Aquarium define sustainable seafood as seafood harvested or farmed in a manner that can maintain or increase healthy production for the long term, without endangering the health of our watershed and ocean ecosystems.
Making sustainable seafood choices is about supporting solutions for healthier oceans. Choosing sustainable seafood is an easy and effective action that the consumer can make with every seafood purchase given the right information, resources and technology. Whether you are an individual who shops for your family, a chef who offers seafood on your menu, or a supplier sourcing from fishing communities, your choices count. Voting with your wallet sends a strong signal to government and industry leaders, telling them that you support responsible stewardship of our natural aquatic resources.
The Seafood Supply Chain is in great transition and tasked with addressing the (social, environmental and economic) problems associated with seafood supply and demand. Depredating systems and practices can still occur as long as fish that are poorly managed or illegally harvested find a place in the consumer marketplace. If the Seafood Consumer has the opportunity to be fully informed in their purchasing power, consumers create a market that demands sustainable seafood and rewards watermen and harvesters who are choosing sustainability at the heart of their business. The National Aquarium’s Seafood Smart program will assist consumers in navigating the realm of our regional and local seafood while promoting sustainable change using market-based instruments and a supply-chain approach. We seek to design and implement a tool that can easily integrate into current marketplaces that will drive social and economic change surrounding seafood choices. This development will provide information, access and local, sustainable seafood sourcing for users.
501 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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Director of Seafood Sustainability
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