Seafood is being kept out of the mouths of those who need it most by management and market strategies which don’t pay fishermen a fair price, treat workers with dignity, or conserve the marine environment. In many cases, seafood prices are set artificially high to justify the perception that seafood is luxury food. Access to seafood is limited to those with the means to purchase a luxury food and the rest of us end up with unidentified, highly processed, and often fake seafood products.
We believe it’s time to change this dynamic by supporting seafood business models and policies that pay community based fishermen a fair price, make their catch affordable to low and middle income people, treat workers with dignity, and conserve our marine ecosystem.
We ensured that locally-caught seafood would be sold at farmers' markets in Boston in a way that guaranteed ensured access to low-income communities. We did this through our collaboration with Health Care Without Harm in 2013 on the City of Boston's Seafood RFP which required prospective seafood vendors to sell locally-caught seafood at farmers' markets in low-income communities.
We prioritize connecting communities that do not have access to local healthy seafood with locally caught seafood in our partnerships for Seafood Throwdowns. We have reached communities with barriers to accessing fresh local seafood by partnering with the Office of Food Initiatives, Farm Fresh Rhode Island and the African Alliance of Rhode Island, and through our collaboration with Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness.