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Crab Council

NFI Crab Council Signs MOU with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Coalition calls SFP’s advice and guidance an important part of its success March 11, 2012 Boston, MA – The National Fisheries Institute Crab Council and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) have been working together on crab sustainability projects for nearly three years and today the groups signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that further solidifies that working relationship. “SFP has been an important partner in Asia,” said NFI Crab Council chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “SFP understands the economic and ecological impacts our efforts are designed to have and has been working with us to meet the challenges in this region.” The NFI Crab Council funds sustainability projects in Indonesia and the Philippines and has recently begun working with partners in Vietnam. “The NFI Crab Council’s efforts compliment ours and we’ve found that developing a good working relationship with this group has been a real advantage when it comes to ensuring everyone is pulling in the same direction,” said Howard Johnson SFP’s Director of Global Programs. SFP provides strategic and technical guidance to, not only the NFI Crab Council, but seafood suppliers, producers and retailers all over the world. “It’s vital to have a partner who understands that it’s equal parts business and biology that will result in real sustainability,” said Rhodes. NFI Crab Council is primarily an industry funded operation but has received additional funding from the World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation.  ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons (703) 752-8891 ggibbons@nfi.org

NFI Crab Council Welcomes Another Member

Blue Swimming Crab Sustainability Coalition continues growth March 5, 2012 Washington, DC – Mobile Alabama-based Carrington Foods has joined the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council. The coalition is dedicated to the sustainability of blue swimming crab and funds fisheries improvement efforts in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. “Growing up on Mobile Bay, I am well schooled on the impact of everything from real estate growth to erosion on fisheries resources,” said B Carrington, President of Carrington Foods. “We’ve lived with the challenges here and hope we can get ahead of them in Asia.” The NFI Crab Council funds Blue Swimming Crab sustainability projects through contributions from participating companies and has received grants from The World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation. “The addition of Carrington Foods builds our membership to 17,” said Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “The structure of the Council is such that businesses put aside competition and focus on sustainability and the willingness of so many companies to do just that is what makes this group work.”    “We tell companies who we work with that NFI Crab Council members are helping improve blue swimming crab fisheries, and are responsible suppliers,” said Howard Johnson, Director of Global Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “The fact that the group is growing and building its membership means that more attention and more resources will be devoted to protecting these populations.” The Council was started in 2009 and charges its members a quarterly assessment based on the amount of blue swimming crab they import. ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons (703)752-8891 ggibbons@nfi.org

Crab Council Membership to be Noted on CrabSuppliers.com

Online supplier directory will highlight sustainability initiative March 2, 2012 Washington, DC – Customers looking for crab who visit www.CrabSuppliers.com will soon have a new tool to help them choose where they source their product. The website will begin featuring the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council logo next to participating companies as part of its online directory. The site features a scoring model that rates suppliers in the areas of sustainability, traceability and business integrity. CrabSuppliers.com is one of 16 species specific online directories that provide buyers with free access to profiles on 2,200 of the industry’s most trusted suppliers. “We are pleased to add the Crab Council’s designation to our supplier ratings.  Our organizations share a strong interest in identifying suppliers who are committed to sustainability.” said SeafoodDirectory.com CEO Neal Workman.  “Buyers using our sites have clearly indicated that sustainability is a key differentiator when evaluating supply partners.” The NFI Crab Council was started in 2009 and invests in fisheries improvement plans in Indonesia, the Philippines and now Vietnam. The group, made up of 17 companies, is primarily self-funded but has received support from the World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation. “The Council works by levying an assessment on participating companies based on the pounds of blue swimming crab they import,” said Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “So it’s important for customers to know that by buying from these companies they are directly supporting sustainability initiatives.”  ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons (703) 752-8891 ggibbons@nfi.org

Four More Companies Join NFI Crab Council

Coalition of Importers Leads Sustainability Initiatives Overseas February 3, 2012 Washington, DC – Four more crab companies have joined the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council. Now comprised of 16 of the largest U.S. crab importing companies, the coalition is dedicated to the sustainability of blue swimming crab and funds fisheries improvement efforts in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The latest editions to the coalition are Bonamar Corporation, Mazzetta Company, Stavis Seafoods and Quirch Foods. “We started with just a few companies around the table talking about the future of the Blue Swimming Crab fishery and now we have 16 companies all focused on sustainability, all working towards a single goal,” said Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “It’s heartening to see this industry led effort growing and having a positive impact.”   The NFI Crab Council has led the way in blue swimming crab sustainability efforts by not only funding projects but adopting measures that ensure its participating companies include a minimum size in their sourcing policies and support controls to limit the purchase of egg-bearing female crabs. “We tell companies who we work with that NFI Crab Council members are helping improve blue swimming crab fisheries, and are responsible suppliers,” said Howard Johnson, Director of Global Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “The fact that the group is growing and building its membership means that more attention and more resources will be devoted to protecting these populations.” The Council was started in 2009 and charges its members a quarterly assessment based on the amount of blue swimming crab they import and it uses those resources to fund fisheries improvement plans. To date, the group has also received outside financial support from the World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation.  ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons(703) 752-8891ggibbons@nfi.org

NFI Crab Council Begins Search for Asia Liaison

Council Hiring fulltime Coordinator to Help Expand Projects December 27, 2011 – The NFI Crab Council will retain an Asia Liaison who will be the primary in-region contact for the Council’s projects. The position will work with in-country trade associations and various stakeholders on fisheries improvement work. The Liaison will not only serve as a resource to those organizations and a conduit for communications with the NFI Crab Council membership in the U.S. but will educate agencies about the importance of sustainable crab management practices. “Our Blue Swimming Crab sustainability efforts began in Indonesia and the Philippines and are poised to expand to Vietnam and Thailand,” said NFI Crab Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “As efforts continue to grow it is clear that our partners can benefit from an advocate on the ground in the region and our member companies would benefit from a dedicated coordinator.” The plan is to have the Liaison located centrally in Thailand but travel extensively to help with new and existing projects. “The NFI Crab Council is looking for someone who can build coalitions and networks and talk comfortably with government officials,” said NFI Crab Council Executive Committee member Carlos Faria from Blue Star. “We’re interested in strong communication amongst our partnerships and a voice that can advocate for real regulation that is focused on the sustainability of Blue Swimming Crab stocks.”    The Asia Liaison will be a contractor who works solely for and reports to the National Fisheries Institute.  The position is being funded in large part by a generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The Foundation has invested funds as part of its commitment to Blue Swimming Crab sustainability work.  ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons (703) 752-8891ggibbons@NFI.org

NFI Crab Council Welcomes Crab Sustainability Group

Vietnamese Coalition will focus on Improvement Plans for Blue Swimming Crab December 20, 2011 – Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has formed its own Crab Council as part of its Seafood Committee that will work on Blue Swimming Crab sustainability projects. NFI’s Crab Council is eager to work with the new group and has already donated seed money to help get it up and running. “We’ve had success moving Blue Swimming Crab fisheries further along the road towards sustainability in both Indonesia and the Philippines, thanks to the dedicated groups we work with in those countries and we look forward to expanding our support to Vietnam through VASEP,” said Ed Rhodes, NFI Crab Council Chairman. According to VASEP the largest importers of Vietnamese seafood are the United States, Japan and China. Vietnam is ranked 17th among suppliers of all food and agricultural products to the U.S., something the State Department calls an indicator of Vietnam’s growing importance.Expanding the Council’s support to Vietnam is an important step,” said Paul McCarthy, Executive Vice President for Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods. “We’re encouraged to hear that participating VASEP members will spearhead the development of fisheries improvement plans and will work with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to execute them.” The first project VASEP plans to fund is work on crab banks, holding systems designed to protect spawning female crabs.  This project is part of the Kien Giang Fishery Improvement Program. ###

NFI Crab Council Welcomes New Member

St. Petersburg, Fl based Crystal Harbor joins Sustainability Group June 15, 2011 Washington, DC –  Adding to a coalition that already makes up nearly 70 percent of the  imported Blue Swimming Crab market in the U.S. the NFI Crab Council announced yet another company has signed on to the sustainability alliance. To a team that includes Blue Star, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods, Handy, Heron Point, Lawrence Street Seafood, Newport, Phillips, RGE, Supreme Lobster and Twin Tails you can now add Crystal Harbor Seafood, LLC.“Companies that import Blue Swimming Crab and are committed to sustainability join the NFI Crab Council because they believe in the work we’re doing and because their customers want to know what they’re doing to protect and promote the resource,” said Council chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “We’re happy to welcome Crystal Harbor.”In Indonesia, the Council reports that the industry group through which it funds sustainability work has finalized an agreement with the Ministry of Fisheries to work on a Blue Swimming Crab stock assessment. Last week in the Philippines its partners released roughly 5,000 hatchery-produced juvenile crabs as part of its stock enhancement work there.“They’re funding and doing real work on Blue Swimming Crab sustainability and that’s what we want to be a part of,” said Andy Walton of Crystal Harbor.“The leading companies within all channels of distribution are promoting the need for a sustainable resource. We recognize the importance of this endeavor and is why we have joined the NFI Crab Council,” said Troy Turkin of Crystal Harbor.On July first the Council’s sustainability initiative that sets a new minimum harvest size goes into effect. Designed to end the harvesting of undersized crabs, Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries began promoting the Council’s new minimum size to all of the 33 provincial governments back in April.       For more than 60 years, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and its members have provided American families with the variety of sustainable seafood essential to a healthy diet. For more information visit: www.AboutSeafood.com.### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons(703) 752-8891ggibbons@nfi.org 

INDUSTRY SCOOP

  • 2014 New England Membership Dinner
    NFI would like to invite you to join us for our annual New England Membership Dinner on Wednesday, August 20 in Boston from 5:30-8:30pm at the Drydock Café. The cost is $74/per person.
  • GSMC Registration is Open!
    GSMC Registration is Open! The Global Seafood Market Conference is on January 27-29, 2015 at the Four Season Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The majority of the NFI Committee/Council meetings will meet on January 26. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Arteaga, CMP at 703-752-8898 or sarteaga@nfi.org.