Make us your home page
Instagram

Red Lobster, Publix back effort to replenish gulf grouper, red snapper stocks

Two of the biggest buyers and sellers of Florida seafood — Publix Super Markets and the parent of Red Lobster restaurants — are helping bankroll an initiative to revive red snapper and grouper fishing grounds in the Gulf of Mexico that have been severely stressed by overfishing.

While no financial details were disclosed, the partnership was announced Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York.

"We share a common vision to improve fisheries and move the seafood sustainability conversation forward," said Michael Hewett, director of environmental and sustainability programs for Lakeland-based Publix, which first contributed to the effort in 2010.

Most supermarket and restaurant chains that sell seafood have been criticized for years by marine scientists and other activist groups for not taking a leadership role in the health of oceans.

But the effort is another sign chains that gave critics the cold shoulder are warming up.

The initial effort will be done by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, a Honolulu nonprofit looking for new tactics to replenish fish stocks and avoid environmental drawbacks of fish farming.

The program includes tests of fishing gear that doesn't wipe out sea turtles, better ways to measure fish populations and camera monitoring experiments to limit illegal fishing. For more on the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders' Alliance, a nonprofit trade association of fishermen, see its website at www.mygulfwild.org.

"We have always felt the answer to sustainable seafood lies in this sort of collaborative approach," said Rich Jeffers, spokesman for Darden Restaurants Inc., Orlando-based owner of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Seasons 52.

Mark Albright can be reached at albright@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8252.

Red Lobster, Publix back effort to replenish gulf grouper, red snapper stocks 09/21/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. New owners take over downtown St. Petersburg's Hofbräuhaus

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — The downtown German beer-hall Hofbräuhaus St. Petersburg has been bought by a partnership led by former Checkers Drive-In Restaurants president Keith Sirois.

    The Hofbrauhaus, St. Petersburg, located in the former historic Tramor Cafeteria, St. Petersburg, is under new ownership.
[SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]

  2. Boho Hunter will target fashions in Hyde Park

    Business

    Boho Hunter, a boutique based in Miami's Wynwood District, will expand into Tampa with its very first franchise.

    Palma Canaria bags will be among the featured items at Boho Hunter when it opens in October. Photo courtesy of Boho Hunter.
  3. Gallery now bringing useful art to Hyde Park customers

    Business

    HYDE PARK — In 1998, Mike and Sue Shapiro opened a gallery in St. Petersburg along Central Ave., with a majority of the space dedicated to Sue's clay studio.

     As Sue Shapiro continued to work on her pottery in St. Petersburg, her retail space grew and her studio shrunk. Now Shapiro's is bringing wares like these to Hyde Park Village. Photo courtesy of Shapiro's.
  4. Appointments at Raymond James Bank and Saint Leo University highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

    Business

    Banking

    Raymond James Bank has hired Grace Jackson to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jackson will oversee all of Raymond James Bank's operational business elements, risk management and strategic planning functions. Kackson joins Raymond James Bank after senior …

    Raymond James Bank has hired Grace Jackson to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer. [Company handout]
  5. Cooking passion spurs owner to pull open AJ's Kitchen Drawer

    Business

    TAMPA — After graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2016, AJ Albrecht spent four months traveling around Southeast Asia and Australia.

    AJs Kitchen Drawer offers a wide variety of unique kitchenware items, such as handcrafted knives and wooden items, as well as local gourmet products. Photo by Danielle Hauser