UMass Dining

UMass Dining

Finalist, Innovation Category

UMassLogo_squareUMass Dining, a campus food service provider, serves 45,000 meals per day and purchases $850,000 of sustainable seafood per year.  It is the largest dining-services operation in the country. UMass Dining students consume nearly 21 pounds per year of seafood per person, well over the national average of 14 pounds. (more…)

Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Finalist, Vision Category

loblaw_lg150In 2009, Loblaw became the first major food retailer in Canada to commit to sourcing 100 per cent of the seafood in its stores from sustainable sources by the end of 2013. By 2014, Loblaw had converted nearly 90 percent of sales in key seafood categories to products from sources that fall in one of the following categories: certified sustainable, acceptable with conditions, or making meaningful progress towards sustainability. (more…)

CeDePesca—Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries

CeDePesca—Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries

Finalist, Leadership Category

CedepescalogoCeDePesca is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 with the goal of helping Latin American fisheries attain sustainability.  Today, CeDePesca has expanded into the Caribbean and is working together with stakeholders in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina, implementing Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) for small and large, artisanal and industrial fisheries.  (more…)

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

Finalist, Leadership Category

ISSFISSF is a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors (representing approximately 75% of the world’s canned and shelf-stable tuna production), and WWF. ISSF works to improve the long-term sustainability of global tuna stocks and their ecosystem by developing and implementing verifiable, science-based practices, commitments and international management measures that result in tuna fisheries meeting the Marine Stewardship Council certification standard.
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The Maldives

The Maldives

Finalist, Advocacy Category

MaldivesFlagThe Maldives delegation to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) and Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture have been pivotal in the sustainable management of the Indian Ocean tuna fishery, in particular the skipjack fishery. The Maldives joined the IOTC in 2011 and immediately began encouraging other coastal states to form a group of like-minded nations to engage in the IOTC process. (more…)

Project:Inshore

Project:Inshore

Finalist, Innovation Category

ProjectInshoreProject:Inshore is a collaboration of the Marine Stewardship Council and Seafish. Small, coastal fishing boats, or the ‘Inshore Fleet’, make up nearly three quarters of England’s fishing fleet. The rich array of seafood they serve up also presents unique scientific challenges for fishery managers. Relatively small landings per vessel, with varying market demand from one day to the next, make it hard to attract investment for scientific research. (more…)

Dave Kellian, Pelagic Fisher

Dave Kellian, Pelagic Fisher

Finalist, Innovation Category

Kellian headshotDave Kellian is one of New Zealand’s most experienced commercial fishers, but it is his innovative ideas to keep seabirds from harm around fishing boats, and his incredible drive to see seabird deaths from fishing become a thing of the past, that are inspiring change worldwide. When scientists first raised concerns about the impact of tuna fishing on seabirds in the early 1990s, Dave began working with a local engineering firm and manufactured a prototype device. (more…)

Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare

Finalist, Vision Category

MarsPetcarelogoMars Petcare, the world’s leading pet care company, is taking a leadership role in sourcing fish in ways that do not threaten stocks. In 2013, Mars Petcare launched Sheba® Brand in the U.S., a cat food made with responsibly sourced fish following the sourcing recommendations set forth by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program. In fact, SHEBA® Brand remains the only mainstream cat food brand in the US to offer responsibly-sourced fish entrees. (more…)

Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation

Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation

Finalist, Vision Category

mdpilogoMDPI’s vision for a better future includes both the health of the fisheries and the coastal communities that rely on them. In 2013 MDPI evolved from Anova Food LLC Fishing & Living program and is focused on improving fishing practices, fishery management, fisher welfare, community development, value chain, and food safety. (more…)

Steve Vilnit, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Steve Vilnit, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Finalist, Advocacy Category

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Steve Vilnit, Director of Fisheries Marketing at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has been a tenacious advocate for local, sustainable seafood in Maryland. He has implemented several initiatives during his tenure that have expanded the market for various locally caught, responsibly harvested marine species and shifted the focus away from many strained fish stocks and imported products. (more…)

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