SFC was just named one of the ‘50 Colorado Firms on a Greener Path’ by ColoradoBiz Magazine and was is recognized at their Green Colorado Awards, but not by chance. All the credit goes to Seattle Fish Company’s Green Team, which was started in 2010. Being a seafood distributor, our business is dependent on the environment and we have an absolute obligation to engage in responsible operating and purchasing practices, which is why SFC formed the Green Team. The team is comprised of a member from each functional area within the company and serves as ambassadors for the rest of our organization. SFC Green Team works with all stakeholders to promote sustainable business practices both internally and externally. By identifying and sharing innovative methods, offering policy recommendations, and encouraging action, the SFC green team seeks to make a real impact in our practices. To date the ‘SFC Green Team’ has been responsible for our solar panels, our company wide lighting retrofit, water reclamation investment project which has saved 1MM gallons of water last year, and many more sustainable and environmentally focused initiatives.
“By-catch” is a word that is has been used in a negative light in the past, but at Seattle Fish we are working with one of our fishing partners, Gulf Wild, to change this. We are participating in the Gulf Wild’s ‘ByCatch of the Day Program’ by purchasing these untargeted edible fish that are caught while targeting other species, and finding a home for them on our Colorado plates. Over the past few months our chefs have been offered Gulf Wild Golden Tilefish, Red Porgy, Mangrove Snapper, Gag grouper, Hogfish and Jolthead Porgy, just to name a few! These are wonderful species that have tremendous value and shouldn’t go to waste, just because they were the intended catch. By promoting and utilizing untargeted edible by-catch, SFC and our restaurant partners are helping these Gulf fishermen make the most of their trips at sea. When we buy and sell these species it brings down fuel and gear maintenance costs, and in return passes along more stable pricing to our customers. Not only is SFC finding a home for by-catch, but we are also working with SeaPact to fund fishery improvement projects (FIP) to upgrade boats with the gear that reduces by-catch. Between these avenues of using edible by-catch, and upgrading fishing vessels to reduce by catch, we feel we can make a big difference!