Keeping Seafood Sources Sustainable
International fisheries provide 85 percent of the seafood consumed by American diners. But many of these fisheries are overfished, which constitutes a major threat to the global seafood supply. Experts estimate that more than 400 fisheries around the globe need improvements to meet buyer demand for sustainable seafood.
Supporting those improvements is the goal of the Fishery Improvement Partnership Fund, a new NFWF partnership with Darden Restaurants and the Walton Family Foundation. The Fund is designed to bring together stakeholders across fishery supply chains and provide resources to help them develop and advance Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) worldwide.
The Fund’s first project is the spiny lobster fishery in Honduras, which produces 1,265 metric tons of lobster tails per year and employs more than 4,000 people. With participation from local fishermen, the Fund will help develop new ideas for improvements to the fishery.
In this video, Darden Restaurants' Brandon Tidwell explains why the Fishery Improvement Partnership Fund is important to their mission.