Seafood Champions honored


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
March 14, 2010

A 35-year seafood industry veteran and the leader of the "Low Carbon Diet" were among the five individuals or organizations named Seafood Champions on Sunday night for improving practices and awareness of responsibly produced seafood.

Howard Johnson, director of global programs for Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and Helene York, director of the Bon App

York, who was unable to attend this year has spearheaded the foodservice chain's Low Carbon Diet, a program that focuses on sourcing local foods and reducing the company's greenhouse gas emissions.

The annual Seafood Champions awards are presented by Seafood Choices Alliance, a program of SeaWeb. Ten finalists for the annual award were selected earlier this year at the group's Seafood Summit in Paris

The other winners named on Sunday were United Kingdom-based The Co-operative, KLM In-Flight Services of The Netherlands and Reseau des Journalistes pour une peche responsible en Afrique de l(REJOPRAO) of West Africa.

Seafood Choices established the award in 2006 to honor those in the seafood industry whose past or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to innovation that leads to change.

"Each of these Seafood Champions have made real and meaningful impacts in the area of seafood sustainability," said Ned Daly, North American director of Seafood Choices. "The innovation and passion that each of our winners bring to the industry sets them apart from their peers - while at the same time established the benchmark toward which others in the seafood industry can strive.

"The Boston Seafood Show is a great place to unveil the Seafood Champions winners," added Daly. "Here we can show through proof-positive, real-life examples how the seafood industry can act in a responsible and sustainable manner to provide the products consumers want."

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