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In this episode, we refocus on the importance of our marine ecosystems, and explore the global need for a more sustainable commercial fishing industry with Ana Chang. Ana is the International Liason at the Tokyo-based firm Seafood Legacy. In this role, she advocates for a more robust sustainable seafood industry by working with stakeholders to shape global fishery markets and regulations.

We discuss with Ana the destructive impact out-of-sight and out-of-mind commercial fishing operations can have on sea life, workers, and the local community. We also dissect key ways in which businesses and governments can begin to advocate for and adopt more responsible seafood standards. Additionally, we discuss how businesses are promoting sustainable seafood options, including Whole Foods’ recent campaign to bring the invasive lionfish to the plates of its loyal customer base.

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Show Notes:  

  • 7:00 – The Homeward Bound program and elevating women leadership in scientific policy and decision making
  • 12:30 – Our “high trophic” diet and the invisible impacts of the commercial fishing industry
  • 14:45 – Depleting seafood resources and “dipping into our principle”
  • 17:30 – Raising awareness and promoting sustainable fishing practices in Japan
  • 18:45 – Why inland fish farming and aquaculture is only part of the solution
  • 22:45 – Seafood Legacy and the global alliance creating long term and lasting impact on our waters
  • 25:15 – Using Human Centered Design to promote ocean conservation in Japan
  • 28:30 – The U.S.’s expanding seafood palette and finding sustainable seafood in the Midwest
  • 32:15 – Tracking slavery within commercial shrimping industry
  • 34:00 – How to spot sustainable seafood while shopping
  • 34:50 – Private sector leadership and Whole Foods’ lionfish removal program
  • 38:00 – Finding sustainable seafood on the menu
  • 39:00 – What is the government’s role in promoting a more responsible and sustainable seafood industry
  • 42:00 – Additional Resources (below)


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