Audubon’s GULF program launches seafood purchasing app
The Audubon Nature Institute’s sustainable seafood program, Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.), has developed a new mobile app for consumers seeking fresh, in-season Gulf seafood in stores and restaurants.
Designed by The Food Group, Audubon's Gulf Seafood App helps consumers learn about seafood responsibly harvested from the Gulf of Mexico. Users can access information about the life history of popular Gulf finfish and shellfish species, determine the best seafood for the season, and also learn the best indicators of freshness when shopping at the grocery store.
The app features G.U.L.F.'s restaurant partners as the organization acts as a sustainability resource for partners, educating chefs, restaurant staff, and consumers about seafood sustainability.
“As chefs, we thrive on the ability to use fresh, diverse and quality products, and the Gulf offers that up to us in spades,” said Chef Tenney Flynn, of New Orleans restaurant GW Fins. “We’re fortunate to have such a great resource right in our backyard, and with that comes the responsibility to conserve this valuable resource that defines the culture and economy of our entire region. The Gulf Seafood Guide app is a great tool to inform our guests about the wonderful local seafood that is available to them.”
G.U.L.F. staff believes that the convenience and ease of the new app will promote and celebrate responsibly harvested Gulf seafood.
“With more than 90 percent of seafood eaten in the United States being imported, it’s important to buy domestic to help support the local fishing communities and economy of the Gulf,” said G.U.L.F. Assistant Director of Outreach & Engagement John Fallon. “Our goal is to let people know that a Gulf seafood purchase is a sustainable purchase; one that comes from a well-managed fishery, and supports the men and women of our fishing industry.”
Audubon's Gulf Seafood App is available on Android (Google Play) and iPhone/iPad (iTunes). For more information, visit www.audubongulf.org.