We provide the freshest and healthiest seafood obtained only from sustainably managed fisheries, and we advocate for chefs and consumers to reduce the demand for overfished species and seafood posing a health risk.
The Worldwide Problem
Persistent overfishing by commercial interests, allowed by ours and many other governments, has been decimating populations of the world’s most valuable marine species including the "lions and tigers of the sea." An estimated 90 percent of the abundance or “biomass” of the world's largest and most valuable marine fish (bluefin tuna, marlin, Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, etc) has been eliminated since 1952 when industrialized commercial fishing began in earnest. A recent scientific study published in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), predicts the collapse of all the world’s ocean fisheries by 2048 unless worldwide overfishing is halted and reversed and coastal habitats (e.g., coral reefs, wetlands and estuaries) are protected from continuing degradation and loss. Already, 29 percent of all ocean fisheries have collapsed and the trend is accelerating.
To us, “sustainable” fishery management means the fishing or “fishing pressure” on a population is being limited to the point that the population is robust and the removal of fish or shellfish from that population is less than that being added through reproduction and growth. It is measured technically by never allowing the population’s abundance to decline below the maximum sustainable yield level, which is about 50 percent of the abundance of a “virgin” or unfished population. Any decline in abundance below this level constitutes an “overfished” condition of the stock. And any fishing pressure which will produce an overfished condition is termed “overfishing.”
As a result of the Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA) of 1996, the Secretary of Commerce (who is charged with the federal responsibility to properly manage U.S. marine fishery resources and their habitats) must annually furnish to the Congress a listing of overfished stocks but then also act to rebuild each within 10 years. In 2010, the U.S. finally began acting to eliminate overfishing (through management plans developed by the eight Fishery Management Councils) which had been postponed throughout the lower 48 states for years at the insistence of commercial fishing interests and their Congressional representatives. Most U.S. fishery populations are now (2011) just starting to recover from an overfished state, but thanks to the SFA they ARE starting to do so.
Alaska's fisheries have been both the exception and the worldwide model for sustainable fisheries management. None of its fisheries are overfished, none are undergoing overfishing and thus all (except perhaps the Alaskan pollock fishery) are managed in a sustainable manner.
Prime Seafood's owner is a fisheries biologist with over 35 years of experience including 30 years as a federal government official involved in marine fisheries conservation and management, nationwide and internationally.
If you are a serious fisherman, check out his website devoted to Big Marine Fish.
Give Jim, Joe or Dan a call to discuss regular deliveries for your fine restaurant.
Jim Chambers, Owner
Joe Boncore, Director of Operations (240-483-8475)
Dan Beck, Manager of East Coast Operations (252-202-5683)
Prime Seafood, LLC, 9814 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD 20895
(Office) 301-949-7778 (Fax) 301-949-3003 (Mobile) 202-330-9121