GULF SEAFOOD NEWS: GULF OF MEXICO RED SNAPPER GETS A LITTLE LESS “RED”

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster, red snapper fishermen pioneered Gulf Wild, an innovative traceability program tracking fish back to the boat and the area they were caught. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

From Gulf Seafood News

The red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico has gotten a little less “Red”.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program has removed the Gulf of Mexico red snapper commercial fishery from their ‘Avoid’ or “Red” list.

According to Tim Fitzgerald, senior policy specialist for Oceans Program at the Environmental Defense Fund, “Our partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, one of the most well-known sustainable seafood program in the United States, have awarded Gulf Red Snapper the ‘Good Alternative’ rating.The red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico has gotten a little less “Red”.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program has removed the Gulf of Mexico red snapper commercial fishery from their ‘Avoid’ or “Red” list.

“Hearing this today is the most positive fishery success story I have witnessed in the Gulf in years,” said Jim Goosen, chairman of Sysco Louisiana Seafoods in Houston.

13,000 Retail Outlets Follow Seafood Watch

The Seafood Watch program rates seafood on a sustainable basis: Super Green – Healthy for People and Oceans, Green – Best Choices, Yellow – Good Alternatives and Red – Avoid.

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium currently has more than 150 organizational and corporate members worldwide, and is supported by some to the top chefs and restaurants. It estimates that more than 13,000 retail outlets closely follow their buy/don’t buy recommendations.

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