BEST OF SHOW: The Public Face of Seafood Watch

Tuesday, December 26 at 12:00 am (PT)

Ryan Bigelow, Program Engagement Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Imagine having to manage all of the public facing aspects of the massive Seafood Watch Program including their consumer pocket guides, their website, their social media, special events and their network of more than 125 Seafood Watch Conservation Partner organizations. What is the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program? On what do they base their recommendations for what’s sustainable and what’s not? And how does the program’s vision drive those recommendations? More and more people are turning to Seafood Watch to make their choices about what seafood to order when dining out as well as what to purchase from the grocery store. Join me to learn from Ryan how the entire process works and the challenges Seafood Watch faces to assure consumers that their assessments can be trusted because of rigorous assessments they use to make their decisions. Sound fishy? It’s not! This show made possible due do the generous support of the Chapman Automotive Group.

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SHOW NOTES

INSIGHTS

  • What does the sustainable seafood movement look like today? The general public is very interested in what they are eating and the impact of their food choices on the oceans. The focus of Seafood Watch is now on businesses to make whole scale change. Working with businesses to make sure they are committed to sustainable seafood makes the consumer choice easy – you don’t have to do the work to insure you are making the sustainable choice.
  • Got the Seafood Watch APP? Download it today and stay in the green.
  • What is the most popular seafood in the United States? How are issues, like slavery, involved with providing this seafood? Join this podcast and hear Ryan and Mrs. Green discuss how important social justice is in creating a sustainable planet!
  • We need to lead! 90% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported – and there is a lot of control in regards to the safety of that which is imported; 90% of the seafood sourced in the United States gets the green light for safe and sustainable – listen to this podcast and learn how Seafood Watch is working with fisherman, scientists and government agencies in developing countries and guiding the way to create environmentally responsible products around the globe!
  • Just as our oceans are intricate webs of life, the issues facing our oceans and the fishing industry are just as complex. Ryan provides insight into these complexities and how Seafood Watch is partnering with over 200 conservation partner organizations to address these issues and move the needle forward on creating healthy oceans and fishing practices.
  • Have you consumed Slimehead or Patagonian Toothfish? You might have and didn’t realize what you were consuming!
  • Bluefin Tuna, Eel, Orange Roughy – three species that should be on your do not eat list at all times
  • How did the United States culture become one so focused on convenience? Many factors have contributed to this but in regards to food, we got away from interacting with our food – cooking at home and all that the process of cooking entails. If we can bring cooking back into our homes – and that means understanding the food system (how our food is grown/raised, processed, distributed), we might begin to shift our choices from convenience to better.
  • How can we all change the objective of our life from MORE to BETTER? How can we make the choice that moves us closer to producing and creating better (not consuming/creating more)? The choices we make around seafood can move the needle toward better and that helps us all win the game of life!
  • Seafood Watch and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is putting more effort into their policy work and partnering with states to lead the way in regards to sustainability and environmental issues.
  • How can you empower consumers and businesses to make choices for a healthier ocean and further Seafood Watch’s mission to inspire conservation of the ocean? Support their work today!

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During this podcast, Ryan provides great steps of how to get active and keep seafood sustainable – listen to learn more!



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