The SeasonalCatch Seafood Initiative is a research program intended to gather seafood supply chain information from small-scale commercial fishermen and privately owned seafood restaurants in Puerto Rico. The research program is also intended to promote sustainable fishing and seafood consumption practices, local in-season sources of seafood, and inform the public about conservation minded fishermen and restaurants and provide incentives and tools to enhance their businesses to allow them to become the beat of ocean conservation in their communities.
MenTa Cuisine, a French-Caribbean infused restaurant located at Av. José Cedeño, Arecibo, 00614, Puerto Rico, was the first seafood restaurant to participate in the SeasonalCatch Seafood Initiative. Since they began participating they have received an industrial strength generator with transfer switch, industrial strength air conditioner, 18″ wall mounted tablet for data display and other supplies and incentives to help their business. In exchange, the Beyond Our Shores Foundation has collected daily catch and effort and seafood inventory data since January 2017, data that is unique to the island and can help advance ocean conservation, improve fisheries management, and our understanding of seafood dynamics in Puerto Rico. The goals of the pilot program with MenTa were simple: provide MenTa Cuisine an educational platform to verify the authenticity of their in-season, local, and sustainable sources of seafood and collect invaluable catch and effort data that can be used to further inform our understanding of fisheries in the region. We are happy to report that we have successfully implemented the pilot program and data collection continues with MenTa Cuisine. Click here to see MenTa Cuisine’s SeasonalCatch Seafood Initiative report.
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