NFI Crab Council Welcomes Another Member

Blue Swimming Crab Sustainability Coalition continues growth March 5, 2012 Washington, DC – Mobile Alabama-based Carrington Foods has joined the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council. The coalition is dedicated to the sustainability of blue swimming crab and funds fisheries improvement efforts in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. “Growing up on Mobile Bay, I am well schooled on the impact of everything from real estate growth to erosion on fisheries resources,” said B Carrington, President of Carrington Foods. “We’ve lived with the challenges here and hope we can get ahead of them in Asia.” The NFI Crab Council funds Blue Swimming Crab sustainability projects through contributions from participating companies and has received grants from The World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation. “The addition of Carrington Foods builds our membership to 17,” said Council Chair Ed Rhodes of Phillips Foods. “The structure of the Council is such that businesses put aside competition and focus on sustainability and the willingness of so many companies to do just that is what makes this group work.”    “We tell companies who we work with that NFI Crab Council members are helping improve blue swimming crab fisheries, and are responsible suppliers,” said Howard Johnson, Director of Global Programs for the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. “The fact that the group is growing and building its membership means that more attention and more resources will be devoted to protecting these populations.” The Council was started in 2009 and charges its members a quarterly assessment based on the amount of blue swimming crab they import. ### Contact Information:  Gavin Gibbons (703)752-8891