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Publix Donates $40K To Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

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Lakeland, Florida-based Publix donated $40,000 to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership in observance of World Oceans Day, held June 8.

SFP is a nonprofit marine conservation organization dedicated to bringing retailers, seafood buyers and their supply chains together to protect the environment while continuing to promote the sustainable productivity of fisheries and fish farms.

This is the 12th year Publix has donated to SFP, contributing a total of $480,000 to support fishery and aquaculture improvement projects to advance the sustainability of seafood. Publix and SFP have collaborated since 2009.

“It’s a priority to Publix to source from healthy, well-managed fisheries,” said Guy Pizzuti, Publix business development director of seafood. “We look forward to continuing to work with SFP and across the seafood industry to address unintended catch of endangered, threatened and protected species.”

This year, Publix was the first U.S. retailer to join with SFP, BirdLife International and Whale and Dolphin Conservation to review and understand the risks from the unintended catch of ocean wildlife in the seafood sourcing supply chain.

Unintended catch, referred to in the seafood industry as bycatch, occurs when commercial fishers accidentally catch non-target species while fishing, which is a contributor to endangered, threatened and protected species population decline. Affected populations include whales, sharks, dolphins, turtles and seabirds.

Publix has supported several Fishery Improvement Projects, which address the impacts of unintended catch when targeting mahi mahi and tuna from Costa Rica, Canadian snow crab and U.S. Gulf of Mexico shrimp. Additionally, Publix is prioritizing further improvement efforts to reduce the impacts of fishing on marine wildlife at other fisheries where the company sources seafood.

“Sustainable seafood includes reducing the harm from fishing to sharks, marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds,” said Kathryn Novak, SFP global markets director. “Action by retailers like Publix, as well as the entire seafood supply chain, is essential to preserving ocean wildlife.”

To learn more about the grocer’s sustainability efforts, including seafood sustainability, visit publix.com/seafoodsustainability.

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