Increasingly, consumers are paying attention to who, where, and how food is harvested. It is easy to become overwhelmed with all of these questions, especially when it comes to seafood! With a majority of Alaskan seafood being exported out of state and a growing number of Alaskan consumers demanding local seafood, a disconnect between consumers and the local fishing industry exists today. In addition to this, many local fishermen face obstacles in maintaining a profitable business and some fishing operations are actually causing damage to our marine ecosystems.
Because of these issues, Catch 49 finds it important to support local, sustainable seafood caught by community-based fishermen. Learn more with these resources below.
What do all these terms mean?
Local [ˈlō-kəl]: Seafood caught by Alaskan fishermen and purchased by Alaskan consumers.
Sustainable [sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl]: Seafood caught in a manner that upholds the health of marine habitat and ecosystems. This means a minimization of: habitat damage, poor handling of fish, and waste.
Community-Based Fishermen [kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē-bāst fi-shər-mən]: Fishermen who live and work in the communities where they fish.