Sustainable sushi restaurant chain prepares to expand

Published on
November 28, 2016

Portland, Oregon U.S.A.-based restaurant chain Bamboo Sushi is in the midst of an innovative, eco-friendly, locavore movement, and is embracing sustainability in new ways through its partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Bamboo Sushi, which calls itself "the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world," is growing at a rapid rate to fulfill consumer demand for restaurants that offer sustainable seafood options. Much of the operation’s success rests on its sustainable business model, according to the company, which ensures that 100 percent of the albacore tuna at all Bamboo Sushi locations is sourced from MSC-certified Oregon fisheries, and that the restaurant itself remains MSC-certified.

With five locations in Portland, Oregon, one freshly opened in Denver, Colorado and one in Seattle, Washington set to open soon, and others on the way, Bamboo Sushi sources a lot more albacore tuna than the 2,500 pounds it started back in 2008. As of now, the restaurant sources 120,000 pounds of albacore to accommodate demand across its locations.

The company expects to see the principles upon which it runs its business, sustainability, to continue to pick up traction and importance heading into the New Year.

“Sustainable practice is riding the current and growing steadily, with sustainable seafood now accounting for 14 percent of global seafood production, whereas a decade ago it was only at 0.5 percent,” Bamboo Sushi said in a press release. “This rapid expansion is a sign that consumers are aware of the negative repercussions of decades of mismanagement and are ready for the next wave of earth-friendly, dedicated businesses that hold foresight and accountability as important as earnings and profit.”

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