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Message from the CEO Tobias
Greetings Guest,

I hope that you have had the opportunity this summer to press pause, give yourself a break away from the important work demanded by these times, and find some solace and renewal. My own short sojourn with my family in the Sierra Nevada mountain range provided a wonderful respite and opportunity to slow down and appreciate seemingly small but sometimes profound moments.

As we enter into the final quarter of 2020, I continue to believe that now is the time to exert even more effort and focus on the collective impact we can achieve together. This year will be an unforgettable one in not only the challenges we’ve encountered and continue to face, but also in the myriad insights and lessons we’ve been offered. I reflect on how we are not only persevering amidst a pandemic and severe climate change impacts, but we are also building energy and commitment to advocate for racial justice, to support those impacted by COVID-19, and to build deeper connections and collaboration with our friends and colleagues around the world. Who would have thought, in the hurricane that is 2020, that our daily work life at FishWise would be the calm in the eye of the storm? For this, I am most grateful.

Below, you will read about some bright spots of our summer experience, including accomplishments made by our long-time partner Albertsons Companies, new leadership on FishWise’s Board of Directors, and young people continuing to innovate and align corporate interests with environmental and social needs.

As much as we all would like to fast forward through the remainder of 2020, we at FishWise are choosing instead to lean in. Thank you for your partnership, support, and steadfast efforts.

With hope,

Tobias Aguirre
Shrimp has been America’s favorite seafood choice for years, but like most things in life, too much of a good thing can become a problem. Consumer demand for affordable shrimp has contributed to environmental destruction and human rights abuses as severe as modern-day slavery. This is why our team is thrilled to share a positive shrimp tale from one of our partners to dive into National Seafood Month with a splash!  Read more about a collaborative project with Albertsons Companies and Paul Piazza and Son Inc. that is focused on improving the traceability of a domestic Gulf shrimp fishery.
Seafood supply chains can be complicated, and implementing electronic traceability can be just as challenging for many businesses. To address some of these, the SALT community hosted two events this week to highlight actual experiences from the seafood sector, including the highs and lows when it comes to adopting seafood traceability. Visit the SALT webpage for information from these events.
Most consumers love a good deal, but at what cost does it come? For seafood, like most industries, suspiciously low prices become hard to swallow when consumers realize the hidden impacts behind the savings. Read more in our recent blog about five ways we can advocate for responsible seafood through paying the true cost for our seafood.
The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT), a public-private partnership between USAID and the Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations, and implemented by FishWise, recently awarded grants to The Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development in Vietnam (MCD), Future of Fish, and Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI). These grantees will assist SALT in pursuing electronic traceability goals and are featured on the SALT website. Read SALT's Q&A with MCD and Future of Fish to learn more about their projects.
The FishWise team was fortunate to (virtually) host two 2020 graduate interns this summer. Renata Massion and Sutara Nitenson, through their diverse expertise and professional experience, brought our team tremendous support. To learn more about Renata and Sutara, visit a recent blog. On behalf of all of us at FishWise, we wish both of them the very best as they return to school this fall!
This summer, FishWise welcomed Richard Stavis, a sustainability thought leader with over 30 years of experience in the seafood sector, and Debra Jones, a gifted communications professional dedicated to crafting narratives that motivate action. Our team is thrilled to have their expertise in service to our mission. Read more about Richard and Debra’s expertise here.
Jack Cheney, Senior Project Manager
Question: What is your favorite seafood to cook and why?
Jack: Blue crabs. Growing up in Maryland, steamed blue crabs meant summertime, Orioles baseball, and going to the beach. It will always be my favorite seafood.
Question: What is your favorite quote?
Jack: “Counting fish is just like counting trees - except they are invisible and keep moving.” ~ John Shepherd.
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