Our Impact: Gulf of Maine Seafood

Our Sustainable Seafood Program advances economic and ecologic sustainability in the Gulf of Maine. 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 by the numbers of what we have accomplished in the past year.

 

Partnering with the Supply Chain

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Mussel fishery improvement project
 

8

supply chain companies participate in this effort to improve the science and management of wild mussels in Maine: Acadia Aqua Farms, Bristol Seafood, Cape Cod Shellfish Company, Euclid Fish Company, Hannaford Supermarkets, J.P.’s Shellfish, Maine Shellfish Company, and Moosabec Mussels.

 
Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested partners

11

seafood processors providing regional seafood

2

large foodservice companies (Sodexo, The Abbey Group)

1

major distributor (Sysco)

175

universities, schools, and hospitals

CULINARY PARTNERS

27

restaurants committed to always having Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested seafood on their menus. New partners include David’s Restaurant, O’Oysters, and Shade Eatery at Higgins Beach Inn.

SUPPORTING RETAILERS

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U.S. grocery chains owned by Ahold Delhaize, all of whom we are assisting with sustainable seafood sourcing: Food Lion, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford, and Stop & Shop.

Hannaford's Local seafood program

26

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

20-25

Local seafood items now consistently carried by Hannaford stores across the seafood department.

 

Increasing Market Demand

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12%

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 2019.

100%

sourcing of Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested fresh white fish achieved by every UMaine Sodexo dining hall, making these campuses Champions in our program.

8%

increase last year for Hannaford’s Local seafood sales which continue to rise year over year.

>$96M

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

 

Consumer Awareness

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130+

people who attended the 2019 Seafood Celebration at GMRI.

30+

seafood team speaking engagements in 2019. We shared stories about our business partners at a range of conferences in the past year: Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions Annual Meeting, New England Farm to Institution Summit, Vermont Healthy Food in Healthcare Conference, Wild Blueberry Association Wild Foods Tour, and more.

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focus groups conducted with New Mainers in Portland and Lewiston to better understand their consumption habits and access to seafood.

 

New Initiative

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fishing and supply chain businesses interviewed for a USDA planning grant, which resulted in the comprehensive report: “Barriers Preventing New England Finfish from Entering the Market and How to Overcome Them.” Outcomes also included two guides to direct sales for fishermen in Maine and Massachusetts, and a financial resources guide for fishing and seafood businesses. Next steps will include a focus on improving seafood quality across the region.

 
 

Our Impact In The News:

 

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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