Many of our guests know that Festival Foods strongly believes in giving back to our communities, but we're also really committed to taking care of our environment and the people -- and animals -- who live here. That's why we love featuring the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program in our Meat & Seafood Department.
Since we started that partnership in April 2016, we're so proud to say that our seafood selection only has sustainable options. That means they're fished or farmed in ways that minimizes any environmental impact. The term “sustainable seafood” means they're caught or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. The world’s seafood supply is dramatically decreasing due to over-fishing. And some fish that escape from enclosed ocean pens, or farms, are spreading chemicals, antibiotics and diseases to wild fish. It’s a recipe for disaster for the aquatic environment, the fishing industry and for everyone who enjoys eating fish.
That’s why it was easy for Festival Foods to decide to partner with Seafood Watch, which aims to educate consumers in an effort to eventually lower the demand for unsustainable seafood. And we’re not alone – more than 1,000 fellow retailers and restaurants nationwide are raising awareness by participating, too.
“As a responsible retailer, it is our duty to educate our guests. We need to be part of the solution so there will be an abundance of marine life for future generations,” said Mike Zimmerman, Senior Director Meat and Seafood at Festival Foods.
Mike became a believer in the Seafood Watch cause last fall after watching this video that showcased the concerns regarding seafood sustainability, including footage of hundreds of dying fish being swept overboard because they were caught by accident, which is called bycatch.