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Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins

Consumers who would never buy something generically labeled meat or cheese are often stuck at almost that level of information when it comes to seafood. The opaque origins and processing of many seafood products can hide a host of problems, including species fraud, illegal fishing, human rights abuses in the labor force, and pollution—as well…

Oysters Built the East Coast. Now Entrepreneurs are Rebuilding the Oysters.

The East Coast was literally built on oysters. At the peak of their production as a food source, these shellfish were so plentiful from the Gulf Coast to New England that discarded shells were crushed and used to pave roads. Oysters kept bays and waterways clean—Chesapeake Bay residents didn’t need to treat or filter their…

President Obama: Sustainable Seafood Champion-in-Chief

By Tim Fitzgerald and Matt Tinning American seafood lovers come from all along  the political spectrum. Similarly, the elected officials who have championed policies that advance sustainable seafood have been both Republican and Democrat. President Obama has emerged as one such champion through his administration’s work to end overfishing and transform American fisheries management. This…

Investing in Seafood Traceability: Why Aren’t Investors and Seafood Businesses Doing More?

As someone who works with both seafood entrepreneurs and investors, this is a question I get often. There are many exciting technological advancements that would allow us to track seafood through the supply chain. Fishery managers, retailers, and restaurants want detailed information about where, when, and how fish were caught.  So why is so little…

Want to Save the Fish? Turn Supply Chains Into Stories

The seafood supply chain may not be the most stimulating subject to discuss, but it is one of the most important issues to address if we want to end overfishing. The black box of the global seafood supply chain hides up to 24 million tons of illegally harvested fish, including approximately 25% of US wild-caught…

SmartFish: Catching Gold in the Fish Market

By Amanda Nagai The Japanese fisherman caught a goliath grouper and began to cry. That was when Hoyt Peckham knew things had to change. Peckham had been in the fishing industry for decades, fishing and advising fishing communities in Maine, the Caribbean, Mexico, Polynesia, and Southeast Asia. He had organized exchanges among Japanese, Hawaiian, and…