A Salute to Stewards of Sustainability
Investment in our oceans today guarantees healthy seafood tomorrow
With an increasing number of Americans turning to seafood as part of a healthy diet, on this Earth Day, the evidence is clear that fisheries are answering the call for sustainability.
The seafood community recognizes the role it plays in sustainability efforts, said John Connelly, President of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI). From purchasers to processors, these hard working men and women understand that harvesting enough fish now while leaving plenty for the future is not just the right thing to do it is the key to their livelihoods and will ensure that the health benefits of seafood are available for generations to come.
More than 80 percent of U.S. fish stocks are sustainably-managed. Both public and private entities have committed resources to help ensure the continued excellence of the U.S. fishery management system.
Its not just a commitment to ending overfishing and ensuring measured use of ocean resources that makes the seafood community stewards of sustainability, said Connelly. Its a commitment to advancing ocean research, a renewed focus on protecting coastal areas and a determination that decisions about the future need to be based on real science.
As part of its recognition of Earth Day NFI urges people to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) website FishWatch. The site was created by the government’s fisheries scientists to provide consumers with the most up-to-date facts about seafood sustainability.
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.