Earth911 Podcast: Safe Catch CEO Sean Wittenberg on Making Seafood Sustainable

Earth911 Podcast: Safe Catch CEO Sean Wittenberg on Making Seafood Sustainable

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Meet Sean Wittenberg, founding father of the seafood firm Safe Catch. He began the enterprise with a mission to supply secure and sustainable tuna and different fish after his mom was identified with mercury poisoning when she adopted a weight-reduction plan that included frequent servings of canned tuna. Sausalito, Calif.-based Safe Catch affords all kinds of fish merchandise in cans and pouch packaging, and the fish is licensed by the Marine Stewardship Council, the supplier of the acquainted and infrequently controversial MSC “blue check” label. The firm assessments each tuna it sells for mercury, implementing requirements its claims are 10 instances stricter than the Food & Drug Administration’s commonplace. It additionally affords sourcing and sustainability details about its practices for every species of fish it sells.

We focus on how Safe Catch assesses its suppliers in an period when 10% of the world’s fish inventory is described by the Minderoo Foundation as getting ready to collapse, with virtually half of fish stocks over-fished. The firm depends totally on purse seine web fishing, a type of fishing that entails giant nets.

Sean Wittenberg, founder and president of Safe Catch
Sean Wittenberg, founder and president of Safe Catch, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear

Sean explores the connection between the continued burning of coal to generate electricity to the 300% enhance of mercury ranges within the oceans. We additionally focus on plastic pollution and the recyclability of Safe Catch’s can and pouch packaging, the latter which it collects by means of a mail-in recycling program supported by TerraCycle. You can be taught extra about Safe Catch at