Our Impact: Gulf of Maine Seafood

Our Sustainable Seafood Program advances economic and ecologic sustainability. We work with industry leaders across the supply chain to build market demand and empower consumers to find and buy Gulf of Maine seafood. Here’s a snapshot of what we have accomplished in the past year.

 
Our Impact: Partnering with the Supply Chain
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Trawl to Table

103

People who attended Trawl to Table workshops in the past year, bringing the total to nearly 400 since 2012. Half of attendees reported that they planned to follow up on a new business connection post-event.

5

Participants from major distributors outside New England received travel scholarships to attend Trawl to Table in 2018.

Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested partners

8

Seafood processors providing regional seafood to:

3

large foodservice companies

2

major retailers

24

universities, schools, and hospitals

CULINARY PARTNERS

24

Area restaurants committed to always having Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested seafood on their menus.

SUPPORTING RETAILERS

Nearly 2,000

Stores belonging to the U.S. grocery chains owned by Ahold Delhaize, all of whom we are assisting with sustainable seafood sourcing after expanding our partnership with the parent company.

Hannaford's Local seafood program (established in 2017)

26

Regional companies are committed to supplying Hannaford’s Local seafood program.

20-25

Local seafood items consistently carried by Hannaford.

 
Our Impact: Increasing Market Demand
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16%

Increase in Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested seafood sold by Sysco Northern New England to their 3,000+ customers in ME, NH, and VT in 2018.

82%

of the fresh white fish served by Sodexo on 11 campuses in Maine is now Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested, an increase from almost zero in 2015.

Midway through this fiscal year, Hannaford’s Local seafood sales were up

15%

>$93M

Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested seafood sold by partners since 2011.

7%

The increase in Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested landings volume since the program began. In particular, landings of underharvested species like dogfish, redfish, and whiting have grown an average of 103%.

78%

The increase in Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested landings value since the program began. Additionally, the value of dogfish, redfish, and whiting has increased an average of 159%.

 
Our Impact: Consumer Awareness
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36

Seafood team speaking engagements and events in 2018.

200+

People who attended the 2018 Seafood Celebration at GMRI.

79

Number of attendees at the Future of Seafood: Nourishing the World conference co-hosted by GMRI and the Museum of Science in Boston.

273

Mentions or features of GMRI in seafood-related news articles over the course of a year. Our seafood program continues to shape the local, state, regional, and national media conversation around Gulf of Maine seafood.


 
A Call to Action
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The success of our work depends on the cumulative action of our partners. Please consider supporting these efforts in the following ways: 

  1. Make a Commitment to Gulf of Maine Seafood. Whether it’s a commitment to sourcing more, adding new species, or ramping up promotions, your public commitment makes a difference. 
  2. Seek Collaborations. Collaboration throughout the supply chain – from fishermen to processors to buyers – creates opportunity to harness available quotas, find efficiencies, and meet the market’s needs.
  3. Contribute to GMRIís Sustainable Seafood Program. Our work aims to benefit the Gulf of Maine seafood industry as a whole, and we rely on financial contributions of our industry partners to fund 15% of our annual budget. 

The Sustainable Seafood program relies on a diversity of funding from federal, state, foundation, and industry partners.

 

RELATED STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITMENT

 
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Community

Engage marine stakeholders to share knowledge, learn, and make decisions that nurture ecologic and economic resilience in the Gulf of Maine.

Read Our Strategic Plan

 

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