Do You Eat Sustainable Seafood?
Cofounded by Laura Johnson and Norah Eddy while they were studying at U.C. Santa Barbara’s Bren School for Environmental Science & Management, Salty Girl Seafood is a Southern California company bringing sustainable seafood mainstream. The company’s goal is to make traceable, sustainably harvested seafood easily accessible to everyone. They do this by sourcing seafood from carefully vetted small-scale fisherman using sustainable fishing practices. This enables Salty Girl to carefully monitor the fishing process and provide end users with information about how a fish was caught, who caught it, when it was caught, and what species it is. In fact, when you buy a Salty Girl product it comes with a bar code that you can input on their website to learn about where the fish came from.
Salty Girl Sustainable Seafood’s Six Point Sustainability Assessment
All of their affiliated fishermen must undergo a rigorous six point sustainability assessment broken down by category: management, certifications, habitat impacts, bycatch, socioeconomics, and population & monitoring. Within each of these categories they uncover detailed information about a potential partner. In the realm of certification, for example, they ask what certifications the fishery has achieved, whether they have they ever been denied a certification, and whether the fishery is associated with any sustainability initiatives. In the realm of habitat impacts they investigate the type of fishing gear used, how it may impact the habitat, and any other practices that may affect the environment. (See their full 6 point system here.)
Green Seafood Partners and More
In order to ensure the effectiveness of the assessments they rely on their in-house expertise, (after all they are trained environmentalists), a sustainability advisory board, and a partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, a program which helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean.
They are also partner seafood suppliers for FishWise.org, an organization that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, as well as participants in events hosted by Future of Fish, an organization that bolsters traceability, sustainability, and innovation within the global seafood industry.
Check out their website for more information about sustainable seafood, as well as for some great seafood recipes including the very delicious sounding Smoked Albacore Bruschetta. (And a possibly even more delicious sounding One Pan Salmon and Asparagus.)
You can also see a cool video about Laura, Norah, sustainable seafood pioneers below.
Check back soon to learn about more great Environmental All Stars like Laura and Norah and be sure to cruise around our site to see all of the cool green products we offer and our unique green mission.