In March, North Atlantic Inc./Bali Seafood International (NAI/BSI) joined Sea Pact, an alliance of ten leading North American seafood companies dedicated to using their supply chain expertise to set the seafood industry bar on social and environmental responsibility within fisheries and aquaculture operations. Sea Pact is achieving this by combining their collective strength in an effective model of pre-competitive collaboration.

 

We are honored and thrilled to join these leaders. It is validation that the work that we are doing to improve fishery sustainability in Indonesia is at the forefront of socially and environmentally responsible seafood. We hope that our commercially sponsored fishery management model and our efficient, transparent supply chains from Indonesia to North America can stand alongside the progressive efforts of our fellow Sea Pact members to serve as an example for the rest of the industry.

 

As a member of Sea Pact, we will work cooperatively with the other members, leveraging our unique on-the-ground expertise to advise these industry players on supporting improvement efforts around the globe. Excitingly, the annual process for project funding has just begun with the opening of the 2018 Sea Pact Request for Letters of Interest!

 

This year, NAI/BSI will be voting along with the other members of Sea Pact to choose the 2018 Sea Pact grant recipients. As we look for eligible projects, we’ll be prioritizing those that focus on innovations in aquaculture, traceability, fisheries management, or social responsibility within the seafood supply chain.

 

Initial 1-2 page Letters of Interest are due by August 20, 2018. Selected organizations will be requested to submit a full project proposal by mid-September. Sea Pact aims to announce grant recipients in late 2018.

 

A full description of the project selection process can be found in the press release here:

 

http://www.seapact.org/uploads/2/1/0/2/21024558/2018.07.26_–_sea_pact_request_for_lois_press_release_2018.pdf

 

We are excited to have a voice in choosing worthy seafood sustainability projects to support through Sea Pact, and we are looking forward to a long future of collaboration with the Sea Pact members as we strive together for the health and viability of our oceans and coastal communities.