Responsible aquaculture plays a vital role in seafood sustainability, particularly when wild fisheries reach harvest capacity.
City Pier sources farmed seafood through ASC Certified farms that have been independently assessed and certified as being environmentally and socially responsible. We also source from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Certified fisheries. BAP certifies each step in the production chain with standards that build on the four pillars of sustainability: food safety, environmental responsibility, social accountability, and animal health and welfare.
Plus, as members of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), City Pier Seafood—through its parent company, Raw Seafoods, Inc.—is a proud supporter of strong local economies and measures that protect water quality and ecological diversity. The GAA is an international, non-profit trade organization dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture.
Around the world, nearly 3 billion people rely on seafood as their primary source of protein. This includes indigenous people living in small coastal communities with few opportunities to make or provide a living.
It's vital, then, that we protect seafood species and the health of our oceans, no questions asked.
Jobs, too, are at stake. In the U.S. alone, commercial fishing and the seafood industry accounts for 1.2 million jobs, generates $144 billion in annual sales, and adds $61 billion to the GDP. Internationally, approximately 60 million people are employed in marine fisheries.