Over 90 percent of the world's fisheries are either fully fished of overfished, which means preserving marine life to assure stable fishing stocks and promoting sustainably farmed options is more important than ever before. The James Beard Foundation is committed to educating chefs and consumers, as well as working with the global seafood community to promote more sustainable seafood options.
We are also committed to aligning our partnerships and programs in support of these values. Starting in March, events at the James Beard House will no longer include “red-listed” items. We are pleased that our long-time partner Skuna Bay Salmon’s rating has improved from an “avoid” to a “good alternative” (British Columbia) as part of the most recent farmed salmon assessment by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, allowing us the opportunity to continue to work with them in our programming.
Skuna Bay has been a great supporter of the James Beard Foundation for many years, and we are grateful for their backing of the James Beard House and the Beard Awards. We look forward to our continued work with them, and others in the industry, to help chefs improve and expand their offerings of sustainable seafood including underutilized species and high-quality farmed options.