Alabama Restaurants are required to post the following message:
“Under Alabama Law, the consumer has the right to know, upon request to the food service establishment, the country of origin of farm raised fish or wild fish”
Why does it matter?
• About 90% of seafood consumed in America is imported.
• Knowledgeable Chefs and reputable restaurants avoid farmed fish & shrimp from countries with practices less focused on health and sustainability than America.
• Fish & shrimp farms in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and India resort to unsustainable and unhealthy practices to keep up with global demand, and they are relatively unregulated when it comes to how they source, raise and process fish & shrimp.
• Typical fish to be skeptical about include Sutchi, Pangasius, River Cobbler, Basa, White Catfish, Tra, Gray Sole, Swai and the ever popular “white fish”.
• Tourists want to eat fresh, locally sourced seafood. American consumers want to buy American products if they can and many are prepared to pay more for American seafood.
• You have the right to know the country of origin of the seafood you choose to eat from a menu; and be confident that if you are paying for American seafood, you are eating American seafood.
Next time you order seafood at a restaurant, be sure to check its country of origin. By choosing fish sourced from reliable sources, you’re not only getting a high-quality product, but you’re helping sustain the global fish population.
Chef Jon Gibson of Bill’s By The Beach serves as Chef Advocate for the Wild American Shrimp Assn and Chef Advocate for Sustainable Seafood for Monterey Bay Aquarium Jon has taken a firm stance on the use of Wild American Shrimp and is developing a statewide initiative for the integrity and transparency of restaurants in the buying and selling of Wild Caught and U.S. Farmed raised fish.