G.U.L.F. is committed to the sustainable fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico. All of our initiatives aim to achieve the same goal: demonstrate the responsible management and sustainable harvest of the marine resources here that so many rely upon for food and to make a living. As retailers, restaurants, and consumers increasingly ask for proof of sustainability with their seafood, G.U.L.F. provides two avenues for fisheries across the Gulf States to meet these demands.
G.U.L.F. is proud to have developed a new standard against which U.S. Gulf of Mexico fisheries can be assessed. Based on internationally agreed guidelines developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the G.U.L.F. Standard provides formal assurance to retailers and consumers that products from the fishery meet robust sustainability standards.
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The G.U.L.F. Standard
G.U.L.F. works with chefs and restaurants across Louisiana. We offer guidance in purchasing sustainable seafood and front-of-house training to wait staff so they can impart the importance of sustainability to guests. Currently, G.U.L.F. has 10 chefs on our Chef Council and 30 Restaurant Partners.
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Fishery Improvement Projects
Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) are an additional market-accepted tool in the sustainability tool-box. FIPs are not a certification, but a thorough assessment of a fishery compared to the same international standards on which many certification schemes are based. G.U.L.F. created Marine Advancement Plans, which are a type of FIP, tailored to the FAO Code of Conduct and to the fisheries of our region. By going through a MAP, areas of improvement are identified and G.U.L.F. works with management and industry to determine actions that address these gaps.
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Outreach and Education
Outreach and Education is one of G.U.L.F.’s priorities. Through industry engagement and consumer education, we strive to build a more stable and confident seafood industry and a community that is invested in their Gulf fisheries. G.U.L.F. attends Task Force Meetings, seafood trade shows, festivals, and other events to spread the message of the sustainability of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries.
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