Locus Focus on 09/10/12
THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FISHING PRACTICES ONE FISHERY AT A TIME
What does it mean when a fishery crashes and who is responsible for the accelerating loss of marine life throughout the world? From cod fisheries of New England to salmon fisheries in Oregon, we are witnessing a rapid depletion of marine species that we value not only for food but as bellwethers of environmental health. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Kerry Coughlin of the Marine Stewardship Council about the council's program to create a meaningful certification program for sustainable fisheries, akin to organic food certification. We talk about how this program not only provides consumers with a reliable guide for making the best environmental choice when they buy seafood, but also recognizes and rewards good fishing practices of fisheries around the world.
Kerry Coughlin is the Marine Stewardship Council's Regional Director for the Americas. Coughlin’s background includes merchant marine training, two years at sea and a stint in the Alaska fishing and seafood industry.