The oceans supply us with food, help regulate our climate, and supply a livelihood for millions of people. Just as important, we depend on the oceans for recreation and renewal. But our seas are not the infinite bounty they appear to be. Today, no part of the oceans remains unaffected by human activities. And among the many factors influencing our ocean ecosystems, few have as great an impact as fishing.

Humans have been fishing the oceans for thousands of years. But over the past five decades technology has allowed us to fish farther, deeper and more efficiently than ever before. Scientists estimate that we have removed as much as 90 percent of the large predatory fish such as shark, swordfish and cod from the world's oceans. In 2003, the Pew Oceans Commission warned that the world's oceans are in a state of "silent collapse," threatening our food supply, marine economies, recreation and the natural legacy we leave our children.

Through better practices, we can create healthy, abundant oceans for everyone. The Marina is about about making this vision a reality. Working with consumers, fishermen, restaurants, retailers and suppliers, we've been making a difference. But there is still much to be done.

The Marina is part of a broader sustainable seafood movement working to ultimately transform the seafood marketplace in favor of environmentally sustainable fisheries and aquaculture operations. We believe that leveraging market forces is a powerful and effective strategy in driving ocean conservation, ultimately helping to sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that can exist long into the future.

What is our vision of sustainability?
At The Marina we help sustain wild, diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems that will exist long into the future. We do this by purchasing seafood that is fished in ways that don't harm the environment.

Why do seafood choices matter?
Nearly 85% of the world's fisheries are fished to capacity, or overfished. Our seafood choices have the power to make this situation worse, or improve it. The Marina recommendations don't hinge on any single issue. Instead, they consider the fishery, habitat, species, management, and a host of other factors that affect each species. In this way, The Marina offers a complete vision of sustainability.

Our Definition of Sustainable Seafood
We define sustainable seafood as seafood from sources that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems.

Seafood Watch Fisheries Criteria
Through these criteria we assess fisheries to determine whether the abundance of both targeted and incidentally caught species is maintained in the long term at levels that allow the species to fulfill its ecological role while the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the habitat and ecosystem are all maintained.

 

Our Definition of Sustainable Seafood
  • Utilize stocks that are healthy and abundant;

  • Do not threaten populations or impede the ecological role of any marine life;

  • Minimize bycatch, where possible;

  • Are managed to sustain long-term productivity of all impacted species;

  • Are conducted such that impacts on marine habitats are minimized and the ecological and functional roles of these habitats are maintained;

  • Should not seriously reduce ecosystem services provided by any species, or result in harmful changes such as trophic cascades, phase shifts, or reduction of genetic diversity.
 

Support sustainable seafood companies & restaurants
Seafood retailers and restaurants play a crucial role in the conservation of ocean resources. By favoring suppliers who follow responsible practices, the business community can be a powerful force for positive change. These businesses listen to their customers! Ask your favorite restaurants and retailers to offer sustainable seafood options and support companies that have made real strides towards sourcing environmentally responsible seafood.

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