Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Retailer group tackles seafood problems

Fixing our seafood problems is now on the national agenda of big retailers. A large retailer trade association, the Food Marketing Institute, is developing tools and advice for retailers on how to advance seafood sustainability.

The FMI is working with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, reaching across the aisle to connect with advocacy groups rather than fighting.

Sounds promising.

Quoting from the FMI's press release:

FMI Developing Seafood Sustainability Guidelines
11/21/2008
ARLINGTON, Va.—The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) is developing guidelines, best practices, case studies and other resources to help the supermarket industry address seafood sustainability issues.

“We seek to provide a wide variety of seafood to help consumers maintain a healthy diet, while also recognizing that sustaining the world’s fisheries is critical to preserving the environment,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO.

FMI’s Sustainability Task Force formed a working group to identify issues that can be resolved on an industrywide basis. The group is consulting with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, composed of the world’s leading environmental organizations and is developing guidelines to help companies create seafood sustainability programs.

The FMI Sustainable Seafood Working Group is gathering case studies of retailer best practices, including initiatives certified by independent agencies and developed with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It also is compiling a list of experts, certification and auditing bodies, government agencies, NGOs and other resources with whom retailers can consult.

The resource list and case studies will be posted on FMI’s website.

1 comment:

John said...

Mr Powell,

As a Chef and a Blog Fish reader daily I ahve fouond many interesting and informative articials on your site, the one today about FMi is rather interesting and I would like to say "I prescribe to the montery Bay Aquarium seafood Watch list" When I purchase seafood and write my menus.