The Sustainable Seafood Initiative engages with harvesters, processors, distributors, retailers, and restaurants to develop strategies for improving sourcing practices and accomplishing traceability. Collaborative efforts between GMRI and a broad spectrum of supply chain participants include:
We are currently working with Delhaize America - inclusive of Hannaford, Food Lion, Bloom, and Sweet Bay supermarkets - to help them realize their commitment to sourcing seafood products responsibly. As part of this work, Hannaford will provide a venue for early efforts to reach consumers with information and regionally local products. Together, we developed sourcing criteria, and we are now evaluating seafood options against those criteria, promoting regionally local and sustainably harvested seafood to consumers, and tracking consumer response to seafood choices. To learn more, please read Hannaford Supermarket's Responsible Seafood Sourcing Policy.
In the spring of 2010, GMRI hosted a Trawl to Table event that connected local chefs and restaurant owners with local fishermen. Along with GMRI's Gear Technologist, Steve Eayrs, the fishermen presented the latest information on gear types, fishing selectivity, habitat impacts, and bycatch with the forums participants. In a reversal of roles, the event concluded with Port Clyde fisherman, Justin Libby, preparing a redfish lunch for the groups participants. Read more about the event in GMRI's newsletter Tidings.