Seafood for the Future
December 5, 2011
Anderson Seafoods has partnered with the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future (SFF) program, joining the ranks of SFF’s partner organizations in November. SFF will help Anderson Seafoods find suppliers that share a philosophy of sustainability and provide scientific support and educational materials to assist the company in its efforts. Creating more demand for seafood from sources that support healthy oceans helps to improve fishing practices around the world. SFF is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program dedicated to its mission to promote healthy and responsible seafood choices. The program was founded in 2009 by the Aquarium of the Pacific with a generous grant from the Pacific Life Foundation.
“Seafood for the Future was first impressed with Anderson Seafoods extensive sustainable seafood program and their direct relationships with local fishermen. We admire that they are looking to further improve upon their sustainable sourcing. We look forward to connecting Anderson Seafoods with additional sustainable seafood producers to expand their current sustainable seafood product list through our partnership,” said Melissa Carrasquillo, Aquarium of the Pacific, SFF program manager.
SFF will provide Anderson Seafoods with scientific information and educational materials to help the company increase its purchases of sustainably wild-caught and farmed seafood. “Although we have made great progress on our sustainability efforts, the goal is to reach a point where a significant amount of all seafood purchases come from a sustainable source,” said Anderson. “As a leader in our industry, our company’s philosophy is to be at the forefront of preservation and eco-friendly aquaculture efforts to ensure the bounty of our seas for generations to come,” Anderson remarked.
Anderson Seafoods was established in 1979 as a small family venture in Orange, California. Anderson Seafoods has established its own network of direct sources for fresh and frozen products from around the world that includes Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, the Pacific Northwest, the East Coast, Asia, and South America. With wild-caught seafood, the company refrains from doing business with those who engage in illegal, unreported, and unregulated methods.
SFF promotes transparency in the seafood system by providing a platform for discussion among members of the seafood industry, serving as a conduit of fact-based information on aquaculture and wild capture fisheries to purchasers, restaurants and consumers, and forming partnerships with concerned industry players to have the greatest impact on the seafood supply chain. Consumers can find responsibly sourced seafood at SFF’s partner restaurants and retailers. For a list, visit seafoodforthefuture.org.