2006 Seafood Champion Awards
Seafood Choices Alliance established the Seafood Champion Awards to recognize individuals and companies for outstanding leadersihp in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. Presented in March 2006, this first-of-its-kind award honors Champions whose past and/or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to advancing the marketplace for ocean-friendly seafood. (Please click here to view the press release.)
2006 Seafood Champions
This New Hampshire-based seafood distributor sells only sustainable options that can now be found in over 1,000 stores and more than 150 restaurants throughout the U.S. EcoFish is setting a positive example for corporate America through its promotion of high quality, sustainably-caught and healthy seafood.
A renowned epicurean magazine, Gourmet has recently made the editorial decision to broadly educate its readership on the issues of sustainability. By using sustainable fish in the magazine’s recipes, Gourmet effectively harnesses its power as an opinion leader and trendsetter to drive demand for more sustainable seafood.
This United Kingdom-based retailer has become a global corporate leader in promoting sustainable seafood. M&S has worked closely with individual fisheries and has created ties with fish farming communities in order to meet the need for high quality, responsibly caught fish and ensure fish supplies well into the future.
Chef and co-owner of RM Seafood at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Rick has became an active voice in the culinary world for the protection of over-exploited species. Across the restaurant community, he has led by example in his efforts to educate consumers and grow the marketplace for ocean-friendly cuisine.
This world-famous French chef personally brought the issues surrounding Caspian Sea caviars to the forefront of public concern. As a chef for over fifty-five years, he has personally witnessed the decline in wild seafood available, and feels that it is every person’s responsibility to make wise seafood choices.
Multi-billion dollar global manufacturer of food, home care and personal care brands, Unilever became an early corporate leader on seafood sustainability by creating the Marine Stewardship Council in 1996. Its early investment and visionary leadership have allowed Unilever to rise above its competitors in growing the market for sustainable seafood.
Accepting the 2006 Seafood Champion Awards are, from left to right: Dierk Peters, Unilever; Andrew Mallison, Marks & Spencer; Jane Daniels Lear, Gourmet Magazine; Michael Boots, Seafood Choices Alliance; Rebecca Alssid for Jacques Pepin; Rick Moonen; Henry Lovejoy, EcoFish, Inc.