Publix Supermarkets, along with Darden Restaurants, parent company of the Red Lobster chain, are teaming up to help to finance a program to revive red snapper and grouper fishing waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The two companies are among the biggest buyers and sellers of Florida seafood.
In addition to the devastating impact of 2009’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf has been severely stressed by overfishing, especially of these species.
The partnership of the two companies was announced last week at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York City.
“We share a common vision to improve fisheries and move the seafood sustainability conversation forward,” said Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainability programs for Lakeland-based Publix, which first contributed to the effort in 2010.
Many supermarket chains and restaurants that sell seafood have been targeted for criticism by marine scientists and activist groups in recent years for not taking a proactive role in the health of the oceans.
The first steps of the program will be carried out by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, a Hawaiian nonprofit exploring new ways to replenish fish stocks and avoid the environmental negatives of fish farming.
Among the efforts to be undertaken are
- Improving the accuracy of fish population measurement
- Beefing up ways to prevent illegal fishing
- Testing new fishing gear to prevent harm to sea turtles
For more insights and innovations check out CultureWaves®, the place to go for the latest observations in the World Thought Bank – events, ideas, trends and more. Add your own thoughts about anything in life – entertainment, design, technology, well-being and, yes, food trends. And, take a look at a few of our other Hot & Cool Food Trends.