Benefits for Consumers
Wild-caught Gulf shrimp from certified vessels is the most sustainable and sea turtle-friendly product on the market. Consumers can buy with greater confidence.
“From the consumer side, there is a growing number of people looking for something sustainable, and most major retailers in the U.S. and Europe have or are working toward some kind of sustainability standards, because consumers are asking for it and because they think it is a good idea and want to avoid products that harm the environment.” Megan Westmeyer, Fishery Improvement Project Director, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
“We’re not in danger of overfishing Gulf shrimp as we are with so many fish populations, and using TEDs and bycatch reduction devices makes shrimp fisheries more sustainable.” Pamela Plotkin, Director, Texas Sea Grant
Benefits for Fishermen
Proper TED use helps shrimp fishermen avoid fines and possible closures. The program provides boats with one-on-one assistance with construction, installation, use and maintenance of the devices. Certified vessels have access to potential new markets for selling their product.
“The program trained our crew and recommended a few adjustments and issued us a certificate. We as an industry are asked quite often for evidence of compliance, and it appears we are doing a good job of staying in compliance. We have people call and ask about the use of TEDs and now we are able to say we are using them properly.” Andrea Hance, Executive Director, Texas Shrimp Association and co-owner, Miss Opal Inc.
“TEDs have become complex, and it is tough for fishermen to keep up. Our job is critical as far as showing them what is correct and what needs to be changed. We’re helping people who depend on this fishery to support their families and helping sea turtles.” Tony Reisinger, Coastal and Marine Resources Agent for Cameron County, Texas
Benefits for Suppliers
Certification provides grocery chains, restaurants and other buyers with the confidence that they are purchasing a sustainable product. This can contribute to their efforts to be a responsible member of the community and help ensure future supply as well. Businesses can also use certification as a marketing and community relations tool.
“Almost all major seafood buyers are on board with this. They recognize this product is important for their bottom line and in order to sell it in the future, they need to make it sustainable now. They know they can have a huge impact on the future supply by doing that now.” Megan Westmeyer, Fishery Improvement Project Director, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership