Captain, Top Hook Fishing Charters, New York
Director of Int'l Policy, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Florida
Chef, Grand Banks Oyster Bar, New York
Executive Director, Garden State Seafood, New Jersey
Cal Sutphin Jr.
Recreational Angler, Florida
"Bycatch absolutely matters to me. I alter my fishing method or where I’m fishing when I’m continually catching an unintended species. Some may consider bycatch a nuisance, but I believe a balance of life is needed by everything in the water. I always try to explain to other anglers that every fish serves a purpose, possibly even with the fish that they ultimately are targeting. I understand that catching fish – even ones I’m not after – impacts their survival, which is why I’m always aware of how my fishing affects the ocean around me."
Owner, Ocean2Table Community Supported Fishery, California
"Bycatch is wasted opportunity. But we're moving towards a more sustainable future. Consumers want fresh, local, sustainably-harvested seafood. Fishermen are catching fish they can’t find a market for. Let’s take advantage of the opportunity. Through our community supported fishery, we’re working to enlighten people to those species that are right there in their backyard, species we’ve been throwing overboard for years. We do a lot to inform consumers about where our seafood comes from and open people’s minds to the diversity of fresh, tasty, and healthy local seafood options. And by reducing waste to better utilize what’s available, we’re supporting our fishermen and helping shore up the port communities and local economies."