Crab Council welcomes specialty seafood distributor on board

The National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council welcomed another member into the fold this week – Fortune Fish & Gourmet is now the group’s newest addition.

A premium seafood distributor based out of Chicago, Fortune Fish & Gourmet has been operating since it was founded in 2001. The company supplies a host of premier fish and frozen seafood products to fine restaurants, hotels, country clubs and grocers throughout the Midwest and across the United States.

We have built the Fortune Fish & Gourmet brand on selectivity,” said President Sean O'Scannlain. “As we develop our line of blue swimming crab, we want a sustainable, premium product from the outset. With policies that emphasize the harvest of mature crab, the Crab Council values the same discernment in sourcing that defines Fortune. We are excited to join a like-minded group of companies focused on the future of blue swimming crab.”

Over the course of 2015, the Crab Council has introduced five new members into its ranks, expanding the overall roster to 22 companies. The council meticulously assesses every pound of blue swimming crab imported by its members with the collected revenue funding fishery management efforts in Southeast Asia.

“For many sustainability minded companies Crab Council membership is now an essential element of their business plan,” said Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny. “More and more, companies are becoming involved in the Crab Council even before their first crab order is delivered. We encourage upstart and generational crab importers alike to join the council and strengthen our sustainability mission.”

The Crab Council, which was founded in 2009, funds Blue Swimming Crab sustainability projects in part thanks to contributions from participating companies and grants from the World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation.


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