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The Seafood Economy Is Worth Billions—How Do Consumers Ensure Resources Are Harvested Sustainably?

Fernando Llano
Recently delivered tuna fish lay at a fish market in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

Since 2009, the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation has promoted responsible harvesting practices and worked to reduce illegal fishing. 

ISSF presidentSusan Jackson, a Butler County native, said the non-profit began as a way to bring together experts around the globe to make sure everyone was “on the same page” regarding best conservation practices. These efforts have been especially important for developing and coastal countries, who have a significant stake in the market. 

Credit Courtesy of ISSF
Courtesy of ISSF
Susan Jackson is the president of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation based in Pittsburgh.

“You have real human interests in keeping fisheries healthy,” Jackson said. “It takes some doing, but it’s definitely worth doing.”

Over the past decade, she said it’s been a challenge to regulate the specialized industry, but ultimately the organization has been able to provide resources and partnerships. The ISSF celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.

Later in the program: 

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90.5 WESA's Katie Blackley, Meg Fair and Julia Zenkevich contributed to this program.

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