On Sourcing Matters episode 75 we welcome Teresa Ish – Oceans
Initiative Program Officer at The Walton Family Foundation.
Ish manages grants in the Environment Program that leverage
the power of the supply chain to advocate for more sustainable
Weeks prior to recording I had the opportunity to meet with Ish
at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) in Boston. Teresa
provided a walking tour of the SENA floor – introducing us to three
change agents in the future of fisheries:
- Casey Marion – the Director of
Sustainability Initiatives for Quality Management for Florida
based Sea Best. Casey shared with us some of
the systems they’ve introduced to better understand sophisticated
supply chains in global fisheries.
- Mauricio Orellana – a leader in the
Octopus fishery on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. We
learn first hand about this unique example of a future responsible
fishery built to service its community of fisherman through first
appreciating its resources. – We also learn a bit more about
the soul of an Octopus.
- Our final stop was in my native New England waters. We
learn from Richard Stavis – of the
iconic brand, Stavis Seafood; Luke
Holden – founder of Luke’s
Jones of Ocean
Outcomes, and Sean
Murphy of Sustainable Fisheries
Partnership. This gathering was focused on trends in fisheries
and seafood sourcing – on advancements which are better meshing
with modern consumer interests.
Our 40 minute podcast discussion follows this walking tour of
SENA. We discuss each stop along the way, as well as the
Walton Family Foundation’s 2020 Environment Strategic Plan.
We chat about education, and the potential of integrating outreach,
education and investment into stable ecosystems – which begins
& ends with healthy oceans.
TuneIn to hear about what one leading foundation is doing to
protect our seas; our future!
BIO: Before joining the foundation,
Teresa Ish was the seafood project manager for the Corporate
Partnerships Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where she
worked with leading seafood buyers to develop and implement
sustainable seafood purchasing policies. During her tenure at EDF,
she played an instrumental role in merging the organization’s
seafood buyer work and its extensive experience in the fishery
policy arena. Prior to joining EDF, she co- founded FishWise and
served as its director of science.