The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council has added a new member, Harbor Seafood, to its sustainability effort. The New York-based importer sources select products, including blue swimming crab, from all over the globe.
Founded in 1975, Harbor Seafood is one of the industry’s principle blue swimming crab importers. Their signature gold can of pasteurized crabmeat comes from eight (8) Harbor partnered crab processing plants in Indonesia, Philippines, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka using rigorous procurement standards. Already engaged in BSC fishery improvement work of its own in both Central Java and Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia, Harbor Seafood joins the Crab Council with a detailed résumé in resource management.
“Safeguarding the supply is paramount to Harbor Seafood,” said President Christian Limberg. “In our sourcing areas, we have worked with in-country partners to implement a vetted value chain centered on responsible governance. We are excited to marry those efforts with the Crab Council’s and amplify our commitment to blue swimming crab.”
Harbor Seafood’s membership in the Crab Council marks a watershed moment for the pre-competitive sustainability group. At 32 companies, the council’s roster of U.S. and international businesses comprises the markets’ most recognized and high-volume brands. The council’s funding for fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia comes from an assessment placed on the pounds of blue swimming crab imported by its members.
As the fourth company to join the Crab Council in 2017, Harbor Seafood signs on during a period of marked council growth both in membership and activity as the coalition expands existing projects and establishes new ventures.
“With Harbor Seafood, the Crab Council has reached a new level of industry prominence,” said Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny. “Businesses and customers alike have endorsed the council’s work and recognize the council logo. It is a symbol of real support for the continued longevity of a valuable resource.”