Conserving our marine resources is a continuing priority at Catalina Offshore Products. Having been founded by a sea urchin diver, we’ve supported sea urchin fishery management for over 20 years, and have devoted full-time participation in California’s Marine Life Protection Act. Ensuring that wild fish populations stay in good condition for generations to come, we’re committed to working with well-managed fisheries around the world that adhere to strict catch regulations. By example, in Baja California, we continue to support the day-boat Panga fishermen who conscientiously fish with non-invasive, traditional hand lines and low-impact hand-drawn nets.
Much of the seafood we sell is sushi grade and nearly 75 percent of it is responsibly harvested and traceable to the fishery or boat. Sourcing better seafood choices from responsible fisheries or farms enables us to work with a growing network of sustainability partners. Among them, Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nonprofit seafood advisory program in Long Beach; and Seafood Watch, which helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that is fished or farmed in a way that supports a healthy ocean.
For several years we’ve been running almost completely on solar power, turning waste from byproducts or processing sea urchins into recreational fishing bait called Uni Butter® and Uni Goop®, and actively promoting whole fish cooking. We often talk with customers about the different ways to cook a whole fish, as well as about lesser-known edibles such as fish collars, which are typically full of succulent meat.