By Rebecca Gardon
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013—Catalina Offshore Products, one of California’s premier seafood purveyors and San Diego’s only exporter of sea urchins, is pleased to announce its Full Partner status with Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program in Long Beach.
Catalina Offshore Products is among 11 restaurant and retail businesses to date that have partnered with Seafood for the Future, whose mission is to encourage healthy and responsible seafood choices. As a result, Catalina Offshore Products is part of a network of businesses committed to sourcing better seafood choices from responsible fisheries or farms.
“Seafood for the Future welcomes the opportunity to work with Catalina Offshore Products to further their efforts to source responsibly,” said Seafood for the Future Program Manager Kim Thompson. “By signing up as a Full Partner, they have committed to transparency and accountability, enabling Seafood for the Future to make recommendations based on the most up-to-date science and fisheries data so their customers can make choices that are conducive to healthy oceans and communities.”
As a primary supplier of West Coast fresh fish and shellfish, Catalina Offshore Products mainly features species found along the California coast and the Baja peninsula. Nearly 75 percent of the seafood Catalina Offshore Products sells online, wholesale and in its San Diego-based retail market is sustainable and much of it is sushi grade fish.
“We are thrilled to be working with Seafood for the Future,” said Catalina Offshore Products CEO Dave Rudie. “We appreciate that they look beyond generalizations in order to provide well-researched seafood recommendations. For example we seek out individual sources that are doing things responsibly. Where other seafood advisory lists categorize certain species as do-not-eat, we know that in our region those stocks are well-managed and incredibly robust.”
Catalina Offshore Products’ partner page on Seafood for the Future’s website features a partial list of Seafood for the Future-approved seafood products. The list will be updated as additional inventory is assessed. To maintain its partnership with Seafood for the Future, Catalina Offshore Products’ product offerings will be evaluated quarterly to ensure the most up-to-date recommendations. Seafood for the Future also requires copies of the most recent invoices at the time of evaluation to improve transparency and accountability.
For more information on Catalina Offshore Products, call (619) 297-9797 or visit catalinaop.com.
About Catalina Offshore Products
Founded in 1977, Catalina Offshore Products was once exclusively a sea urchin/uni wholesaler in both domestic sales and exports to Asia. Today Catalina Offshore Products is one of California’s premier seafood purveyors and San Diego’s only exporter of sea urchins. A primary supplier of West Coast fresh fish and shellfish, Catalina Offshore Products mainly features species found along the California coast and the Baja peninsula. Nearly 75 percent of the seafood Catalina Offshore Products sells is sustainable and much of it is sushi grade. In 2012, Catalina Offshore Products expanded by opening its Seafood Education and Nutrition Center which features a walk-in fish market, ongoing educational opportunities and special events. For more information, visit catalinaop.com.
About Seafood for the Future
Seafood for the Future (SFF) is the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program. The program works with a network of chefs, restaurants, distributors, fishermen, producers, and scientists to promote healthy and responsible seafood in Southern California. Consumers can look for responsible seafood at the following SFF Full Partner locations: Catalina Offshore Products (San Diego), Bluewater Grill (Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, and Tustin), Captain Kidd’s (Redondo Beach), Seasalt Fish Grill (Santa Monica); at Long Beach restaurants Renaissance Long Beach, Gladstone’s Long Beach, and more. Local seafood promotional partners include: Carlsbad Aquafarm, the Newport Dory Fleet, Sea Stephanie Fish, and West Caught Fish Company. SFF is also working with community groups such as LA Kitchen, the Culinary Liberation Front, and A Sustainable Kitchen. The public can look for SFF events and a complete partner list by visiting seafoodforthefuture.org.