Sea Pact Celebrates World Oceans Day with Three New Aquaculture Projects

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HALIFAX, CANADA, June 8, 2018 – Sea Pact, an innovative association of ten leading North American seafood companies (including Albion Farms & Fisheries) working together to drive industry sustainability progress, today announces funding support to three projects advancing aquaculture sustainability globally.

Aquaculture now accounts for over 50% of seafood consumed globally, and advances in the management and governance of how aquaculture operates and continues to grow are paramount to ocean health. Sea Pact members are strong proponents of responsible aquaculture to provide sustainable food and jobs, and also restore marine ecosystems. We support the mission of achieving ocean sustainability through improved global farmed seafood production.

The recipients of the Sea Pact funding grants are:
The Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) project to assess and improve black tiger shrimp fisheries in Vietnam and Indonesia that supply the wild caught broodstock to produce seeds for culture. Currently these fisheries are considered “Overfished” by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but there is very little actual sustainability assessment information available or direct efforts to help them improve. This project seeks to utilize the ASIC fishery improvement protocol to assess and improve the sustainability of black tiger shrimp fisheries and help shrimp aquaculture producers ensure their industry is more sustainable. Its uniqueness is that its aim is to improve both a fishery and also an aquaculture industry as well.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) project is focused on creating a tool that will enable seafood production industries to improve regional water quality management and protection of the water resource that is essential to all aquaculture production. They will do this by adapting a tool developed for salmon net pen industry planning to the context of pond-based shrimp aquaculture in Asia. The test of a simple, cost effective approach to assessing water quality of shared water bodies for shrimp farming will be piloted in Thailand, with the aim of developing a model that could be applied more broadly. Renewed Sea Pact funding is continuing to support the British Columbia Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) innovative and successful research project that is seeking to radically improve sea lice mitigation within the net-pen farmed salmon industry. They are lab and field testing the use of native perch as cleaner fish as a non-chemical, low-stress, biological method for sustainably managing sea lice on farmed Atlantic salmon. The development of this effective tool aims to reduce the use of chemical treatments and to significantly reduce the environmental impact on the marine environment. “We congratulate the selected organizations and look forward to game-changing results from these projects which all have a strong relevance for creating positive change for our industry and for the sustainability of the oceans”, says Hamish Walker, chief operating officer of Seattle Fish Co., and chair of the Sea Pact Advisory Council.

Rob Johnson, managing director of Sea Pact, states that “we are happy to announce these grants on World Oceans Day this year” and commented to “watch for more funding announcements on fisheries projects to be forthcoming soon, as well as the opening of the seventh round of request for project funding grant proposals later this summer”.

About Sea Pact:
Sea Pact consists of ten like-minded, leading seafood distributors across North America: Albion Farms & Fisheries in Vancouver, Fortune Fish & Gourmet in Chicago, Ipswich Shellfish Group in Boston, Santa Monica Seafood in Los Angeles, Seacore Seafood in Toronto, Seattle Fish Co. in Denver, J.J. McDonnell in Baltimore, Stavis Seafood in Boston, North Atlantic Inc. from Portland, Maine and Euclid Fish Company from Cleveland. These companies are united for a sustainable future and are using their collective strength to lead by example and drive improvement of environmental, economic, and social responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. Sea Pact receives sustainability council from non-profit organizations Ocean Outcomes, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and FishWise, and is a project under New Venture Fund’s 501(c)3 non-profit status. To learn more about Sea Pact visit their website at www.seapact.org and follow on twitter and facebook.

Sea Pact Announces 2017 Request for Grant Proposals

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HALIFAX, CANADA, August 15, 2017 – Sea Pact, an innovative alliance of seafood industry leaders, today announces the opening of their sixth Request for Grant Proposals.

Sea Pact is a group of leading North American seafood companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. They are achieving this in part by using their collective strength and industry expertise in an effective model of pre-competitive collaboration. Together, they are working together to advance sustainable and responsible fishery and aquaculture practices and provide the building blocks of a long term and productive seafood industry via financial and thought partner contributions to projects that improve fishing and farming systems globally.

This year Sea Pact was selected as one of four finalists globally in the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards in the Leadership category. “It was a tremendous honor to be recognized by SeaWeb and a panel of seafood sustainability experts from industry and nonprofit organizations as one of the top actors in the global seafood sustainability movement”, said Rob Johnson, Managing Director of Sea Pact.

Through this RFP, Sea Pact aims to select projects in line with their goals – with twelve specific project categories outlined such as Fishery and Aquaculture Improvement Projects, Habitat restoration, Management, Research as well as other relevant projects are encouraged to apply. Sea Pact will continue to focus on innovative projects related to fisheries bycatch reduction, traceability, aquaculture, and social responsibility within the seafood supply chain. Projects impacting the top seafood species consumed on a global level are also prioritized. Responses are due by September 15, 2017. Sea Pact will announce the grant recipients in late 2017.

To apply for funding, organizations are asked to fill out the RFP document available on the Sea Pact website: http://www.seapact.org/projects.html.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding grant proposals can be found here: http://www.seapact.org/uploads/2/1/0/2/21024558/grant_proposals_faq.pdf

“Once again, we are excited to see innovative and impactful proposals,” said Hamish Walker, Director of Purchasing for Seattle Fish Company, and Chair of the Sea Pact Advisory Committee. “We are keen to have an ongoing relationship with our grantees to see how our grants are making a difference, and a strong alignment with our charter and assessment criteria will be essential for success.”

“To date, Sea Pact has funded 17 grants to 13 projects in 8 countries, with $340,000 USD in direct support and with additional funds generated of over $1 million USD across these projects,” states Rob Johnson, Managing Director of Sea Pact. “Through this grant funding process, we are proactively working together to increase the supply of sustainable seafood and affect change in the industry by getting involved in and supporting pragmatic, solutions-focused projects that deliver results and create lasting impact.

About Sea Pact: Albion Farms & Fisheries, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood and Seattle Fish Co., Stavis Seafood, JJ McDonnell, and A.C. Covert are the nine unified members of Sea Pact and share an active progressive approach to their seafood sustainability commitments. Sea Pact receives sustainability counsel from non- profit organizations FishWise, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and Ocean Outcomes. Sea Pact has non-profit organization 501(c)(3) status, administered through New Venture Funds.

To learn more about Sea Pact, visit http://www.seapact.org

Contact:

Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Sea Pact
rjohnson@seapact.org
tel. 902-222-4933