Harbor Seafood joins rapidly growing crab sustainability group

Published on
November 10, 2017

The National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council has reached “a new level of industry prominence” with the latest induction of New York-based importer Harbor Seafood, the collective announced on 9 November. 

A principle blue swimming crab importer, Harbor Seafood sources the pasteurized crabmeat featured in its signature gold cans from eight company-partnered crab processing plants in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. The company said joining the NFI’s Crab Council is a natural next step for it, as it has been already been engaging in its own fishery improvement work in both Central Java and Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia.  

“Safeguarding the supply is paramount to Harbor Seafood,” Harbor Seafood President Christian Limberg said. “In our sourcing areas, we have worked with in-country partners to implement a vetted value chain centered on responsible governance. We are excited to marry those efforts with the Crab Council’s and amplify our commitment to blue swimming crab.”

Harbor, which was founded in 1975, is the Crab Council’s 32nd member, and the fourth company to join the group in 2017. According to Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny, the collective, which funds fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia, in large part through assessments placed on the pounds of blue swimming crab imported by its members, is undergoing a watershed moment, punctuated by Harbor Seafood’s induction. 

“Businesses and customers alike have endorsed the council’s work and recognize the council logo,” said Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny. “It is a symbol of real support for the continued longevity of a valuable resource.”

The group, which was founded in 2009, has received grants from the World Bank, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Members of the group include Stavis Seafoods, Marks Foods, SeaPak, and Chicken of the Sea.

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