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Point of View: Mary Smith

Director of marketing, The Plitt Co., Chicago

Property of SeaFood Business magazine

November 01, 2008

More companies that buy and sell seafood need to get involved in the debate over how to reshape the policies and regulations used to manage fisheries. 

Much of the discussion about sustainability focuses on the need for seafood companies to reform their business practices. And that is important - but it is not enough to advance the sustainable seafood movement by itself. 

There are big changes happening in fisheries management at local, regional and federal levels, from management of specific species to larger issues that affect the entire nation's waters and the people whose livelihoods depend on them.  

 As seafood companies, we have a huge stake in these policies and their success in maintaining a consistently reliable seafood supply. We need to take part in shaping these changes.

All it takes is a little time and effort to have an impact. Companies can work for improved fisheries by sending letters, making phone calls, participating in public comment periods, partnering with conservation groups and working directly with fishermen. Our involvement is crucial to shape the policies that will help preserve the future of American seafood.

 

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