NFI Crab Council hits membership milestone with addition of California canned seafood provider
California, U.S.A.-based canned seafood provider Crown Prince is the newest initiate of the National Fisheries Institute’s Crab Council, bringing the sustainability group’s ranks up to 30 members.
Operating since 1948, Crown Prince offers a wide variety of canned seafood products – including a diverse selection of canned quality crabmeat grades – to a number of retail outlets from across the United States, including Kroger, Albertsons, and Walmart. The company sources its crab meat from trusted partners within Thailand and Indonesia, and has had a dedicated internal sustainability team in place since 2010. By joining the NFI’s Crab Council, Crown Prince is looking to further fortify its commitment to responsible fisheries management, specifically as it applies to crab.
“In 2010, Crown Prince established an internal sustainability team tasked with innovating responsible company practices,” Crown Prince CFO Christopher Bruno said. “In joining the Crab Council, Crown Prince furthers its institutional commitment to fisheries management.”
The induction of Crown Prince aligns with the crab council’s current expansion efforts and activities, said council chairman Brendan Sweeny.
“As the council bolsters existing projects and develops new FIPs, we welcome participation from all members of the blue swimming crab industry,” Sweeny said. “The successful funding and execution of these endeavors depends on matched support from American importers.”
Founded in 2009, the NFI Crab Council consists of U.S. and international crab companies that collect and allocate funding for fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia from member assessments on every pound of blue swimming crab imported, as well as through contributions from member companies associated with the crab industry. Alongside financial contributions from its member companies and institutions, the council also receives grants from the World Bank, the Walton Family Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The council has seen a lot of engagement in 2017 – just last month, it welcomed Pennsylvania-based crab manufacturer Seafood America into the fray.