Pike Place Fish hailed for sustainability

The Pike Place Fish market received a nod for its commitment to sustainable fisheries.

The Pike Place Fish market received a nod for its commitment to sustainable fisheries.

The internationally famous fish-tossing guys at Seattle’s Pike Place Market were celebrated Tuesday for something more than flinging salmon for the amusement of tourists.

Pike Place Fish, the seafood stand at the entrance of the market, was recognized by the Seattle Aquarium and by California's Monterey Bay Aquarium for becoming what is believed to be Washington’s first independent fish market selling only sustainable seafood.

“This achievement is a milestone for conservation in our marine environment,” Seattle Aquarium CEO Robert W. Davidson, Seattle Aquarium CEO said in an aquarium news release. “We are confident that other seafood markets across our region and the nation will see Pike Place Fish’s groundbreaking step as an inspiration.”

To which the mongers at Pike Place Fish might say, aw shucks. They are down-to-earth guys who get dirty, slimy and smelly on the job, and have fun doing it.

But they were totally serious in going totally sustainable – that is, selling only seafood that is neither overfished nor caught in a matter harmful to habitat.

The effort started in the summer of 2010, after two anglers came to their stand and told them they shouldn’t be selling wild steelhead.

Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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