October is National Seafood Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate and honor America’s fishing communities and fishworkers, and their contributions to the economy and diets of millions of people. Fisheries, including aquaculture, provide a vital source of food, employment, trade, and recreation for people throughout the world.
However, as much as 40 percent of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, overfishing, and coastal development. These activities may result in depleted fisheries and loss of coastal habitats, posing a major threat to marine biodiversity and the food supply of millions of people. Managing fish populations sustainably requires commitment and cooperation at all levels, including from individuals, local communities, governments, and institutions across the globe. To celebrate National Seafood Month, Food Tank is highlighting 14 fisher groups and organizations working to establish and support a sustainable seafood system: Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Fisheries Innovation Scotland, Institute for Fisheries Resources, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Marine Conservation Alliance, Marine Fish Conservation Network, Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Sailors for the Sea, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers.
Dumpster diving success led filmmaker William Reid to live on food waste from supermarkets and restaurants for two years. Reid hopes the “absurdity” of his diet will lead to consumer, industry, and policy action.