Despite early difficulties sourcing PPE for our teams, most of us now have access to a steady supply of quality facemasks and shields, high tech systems for taking and tracking temperatures, gloves, and plenty of sanitizer options for ourselves and our facilities. Every Sea Pact member has also found ways to offer support to local communities.
In Maryland, the team at J.J. McDonnell worked with customers to supply overnight teams at Sinai Hospital with meal deliveries of featuring crab cakes, and in the Windy City, Fortune Fish & Gourmet donated a truck, a worker and seafood to a local pantry. Inland Seafood’s team in New Orleans has been cooking together every Friday to supply essential workers with seafood meals, and on across the country, Euclid Fish Company, Ipswich Shellfish, North Atlantic Seafood, Santa Monica Seafood, Seattle Fish Company, Seacore Seafood, and Stavis Seafoods have supported their communities with initiatives such as donating fresh and frozen seafood to local food pantries and soup kitchens.
According to Sea Pact Chair Stacy Schultz “It’s been inspiring to see and share all the positive outreach that we’re all involved in. Seeing seafood companies coming together to help the industry is a trend that I’d like to see outlast this pandemic.”
But the reality is our seafood community is a global one. Many of the countries that we all source from have found it difficult to afford or access PPE. In some fishing communities, especially remote coastal villages, it feels almost impossible.
Which is why Sea Pact supported Future of Fish’s (FOF) recent fundraising campaign. According to FOF, this project is designed to supply Peruvian fishermen with “the necessary tools to safely open for business and provide fish, a vital source of nutrition, to the Peruvian population.”
FOF also reminds us
In Peru, small scale fisheries play a critical role in food security, supplying approximately 95% seafood consumed domestically. Sourcing of PPE and sanitation resources for businesses to open safely has been difficult in the developed world and even harder in countries like Peru where it is urgently needed.
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