Red Lobster, Olive Garden Pledge to Improve World Fisheries


Courtesy of: Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand Government

It is always heartening to read about companies trying to improve the state of the world’s fisheries and thereby ocean ecosystems. Latest in the line-up of pro-ocean establishments is the Darden Restaurant chain that owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

At the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) seventh annual meeting last week, the Darden company formally announced its three-year commitment to rebuilding troubled fisheries through Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). The initial FIPs will be in the Gulf of Mexico in partnership with Publix Super Markets and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

CGI’s Commitments to Action program encourages members to propose concrete ideas to address global challenges. Darden’s submission, entitled “Catalyzing Industry to Rebuild World Fisheries,” was chosen for its approach to addressing challenges in the environment and energy sector as well as commitments to combat illegal fishing, enhance productivity and reduce negative ecological impact.

Jim Cannon, CEO said: “As one of the largest buyers of seafood in the world, Darden is an industry leader in supporting healthy ecosystems for future generations. Through this commitment, Darden is taking action to create change within the seafood supply chain by building alliances with governments, conservation advocates, and communities to develop and implement fishery improvement. We hope others will look at what Darden has achieved and committed to, and as a result, take action.”

For more information, go to: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/09/darden-restaurants-form-partnerships-improve-world-fisheries/

by Scott Sincoff

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