Chicken of the Sea frees 10,000th crab

Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods on Wednesday announced a milestone in the company’s sustainability program. In collaboration with its processing partner, Phil Union Frozen Foods, the companies celebrated the return of their 10,000th egg-bearing crab back into the wild.

Under the initiative, Phil Union buys live berried crabs at full price from fishermen and then returns them to the mangroves so they can release their eggs.

“We continually strive to identify and implement initiatives that embrace our commitment to offer seafood products that are produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner,” said Paul McCarthy, executive VP for Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods. 

A founding member of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods also works with the National Fisheries Institute to help educate the local fishermen to understand the importance of allowing berried female crabs to release their eggs. 

“These types of efforts by dedicated companies like Chicken of the Sea Frozen Foods will have a real impact on the future of this fishery. The company’s commitment to their own sustainability projects, the council’s work and the resource itself is impressive,” said Gavin Gibbons, NFI Crab Council secretary.


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