Prominent blue swimming crab importer joins NFI Crab Council

Published on
August 30, 2016

Netherlands-based crabmeat and seafood supplier Poseidon Food is the latest company to join the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council, joining Dutch-company Fisherman’s Choice as a European representative for the sustainability group.

Poseidon Food is an importer of blue swimming crab, providing a variety of crabmeat and seafood products  to its wholesale and retail clientele. The company is run by industry veterans, who have spent more than 20 years in seafood, and prioritizes sustainable sourcing in its processes, according to a news release on Poseidon’s induction.

“Poseidon Food starts from the premise that seafood is a premium dining experience,” said the company’s director, Erald de Groot, in a prepared statement. “Our customers expect the best and we deliver. We believe sustainability is a benchmark for quality and Poseidon joins the Crab Council in order to demonstrate our commitment to not just sourcing top-shelf product from responsibly managed fisheries but playing a role in ensuring a future for the blue swimming crab fishery.”

With the addition of Poseidon Food, the Crab Council now has 27 members, with two companies providing a European perspective.

“The Crab Council started as a concentrated group with a narrow concern,” said Crab Council Chairman Brendan Sweeny. “We were U.S. importers committed to putting blue swimming crab fisheries on a path toward sustainability. Now, with the participation of Poseidon Food and other worldwide players, the council has elevated its work to a global level and strengthened the core of our original mission.”

The Crab Council, which was created in 2009, assesses its members on every pound of blue swimming crab imported to support fishery improvement projects in Southeast Asia, NFI explained. The group is funded by its participating members as well as by grants from the World Bank and the Walton Family Foundation.

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