Mahi mahi is a popular seafood option – we literally sell tons of it every week, and your customers enjoy eating it at your restaurants or buying it from your markets. Versatile, delicious and affordable – it’s really an ideal seafood choice.
Taking a step back from the dinner table or the retail case means looking at where mahi comes from, how it’s caught and who’s catching it. When we take a global view of this tasty resource, we can’t help be feel responsible for helping keep stocks healthy and making sure we understand other issues, like by-catch, that may be associated with Mahi.
We’re currently helping support two important Mahi Mahi Fishery Improvement Projects (FIP’s) that we’d like to take a minute to introduce you to:
WWF Peruvian Mahi FIP (supported, in part, by RSVP funds)
Peruvian mahi mahi is an important fishery for us and the rest of the United States market. However, mahi mahi is typically fished with surface longlines baited with thousands of hooks, which can result in bycatch especially of endangered sea turtles. A monitoring program is needed to know if bycatch of other species, such as sea birds, is also an issue in the fishery. The fishery also needs improved management of the resource and monitoring to ensure that the fishery’s existing regulations are being complied with. Still in the early phases of development, some of the Peruvian mahi mahi FIP activities will address these bycatch and management issues.
Panamanian Mahi Mahi FIP (supported, in part, by Sea Pact funds)
Funding from Sea Pact is being used to build a fisheries monitoring program to understand biological aspects of Mahi Mahi and interactions of the fishery with other species. This project is being spearheaded by CeDePesca, an NGO based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that focuses on sustainable fisheries improvement projects, research and training activities.
When you buy Mahi Mahi from Santa Monica Seafood, you’re not just enjoying a delicious seafood option, but you’re helping protect the future of this fantastic fish!