Gulf Wild™ is a registered program of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholder’s Alliance, a 501c(6) trade association representing IFQ fishermen and associated dealers who provide consumers year-round access to high-quality, responsibly-caught seafood year-round. Our mission is to unify and strengthen the reef fish industry to develop a sustainable resource through the use of individual fishing quotas — also known as catch shares. Alliance members agree to specific measures called Conservation Covenants that focus on the reducing by-catch, protecting the marine environment, and improving safety–thereby enhancing the economic value of the fishery.
The Gulf Wild™ name, brand, and associated Gulf Wild™ TransparenSea™ System were developed in partnership with a team of experts from respected industry, consumer, and ocean conservancy groups. Our primary partners include:
Community Seafood Initiative
The Community Seafood Initiative is a non-profit organization established in 1998 with offices in Astoria and Newport, Oregon. The mission of the Initiative is to act as an indespensible asset for the seafood industry, associated businesses and related coastal communities by providing access to credible information, relevant education, innovative services and consulting expertise necessary to be successful with their businesses. Primary projects include the North American FishTrax system, Preserving Seafood-related Working Waterfronts Coalition, and the Community Based Education Collaborative. You can learn more about the initiative here.
Department of Agriculture/State of Florida
“Fresh from Florida” is a promotional program which features Florida seafood and agriculture products. Fresh from Florida increase sales for Florida fishermen, growers and producers by helping consumers and potential buyers easily recognize Florida grown products. There is no substitute for fresh, locally produced Florida seafood. With over 80 different seafood varieties, Florida offers a wide selection of culinary treasures that are branded “Fresh from Florida”. Our seafood industry is dedicated to supplying wholesome, nourishing and affordable seafood products. Look for the “Fresh from Florida” label. It’s an assurance of quality. Enjoy FreshFromFlorida.com here.
Environmental Defense Fund
Since 1967, EDF has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Guided by science, we work to create practical solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-effective and fair. EDF’s goals are to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution and applying effective adaptation strategies; protect ocean ecosystems by creating sustainable and healthy fisheries; preserve critical land and freshwater ecosystems for the benefit of people and wildlife; and safeguard human health by reducing or eliminating environmental threats, including toxic chemicals and pollution. You can learn more about their oceans programs at EDF.org/oceans.
Envolve Strategies, Inc.
Envolve Strategies, Inc. is among the nation’s earliest and purest strategic marketing and branding companies dedicated solely to sustainability, conservation and environmental initiatives. The company combines the scientific and social elements of sustainability-in-business to maximize brand success for CSR-minded corporations, emerging mid-size businesses and smaller innovators, including NGOs. Envolve Strategies, Inc. provides leadership in green media, engagement marketing, online messaging, and transformative business solutions. Find them online at EnvolveUs.com.
Eurofins Scientific, Inc.
Eurofins Scientific provides a comprehensive range of analytical testing servicesthat draw upon the latest developments in biotechnology. We specialize in analytical testing and advisory services, primarily for clients in the pharmaceutical, food, and environmental sectors. A respected market leader, Eurofins intends to continue to develop and acquire the most comprehensive range of state-of-the-art analytical technologies as well as expand its geographical reach in order to support its clients’ increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the demands of regulatory authorities around the world. Explore more at Eurofins.com
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
SFP has been providing strategic and technical guidance to seafood suppliers and producers, helping bring them together with other like-minded companies in developingFishery Improvement Partnerships, and building consensus around specific improvements in policies, marine conservation measures, and fishing and fish-farming practices. We build the private sector’s capacity to make a difference in two ways: by developing business practices and alliances that support sustainable sourcing of seafood; and by educating the seafood supply chain about effective options to improve fisheries, including changes to gear types, practices, and fisheries and marine conservation policies. Visit them at sustainablefish.org.
Walton Family Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation pursues a philanthropic mission established by Sam and Helen Walton, which began modestly in the small town of Bentonville, Arkansas. When Sam Walton opened the original “Walton’s Five and Dime” in 1950 he did so with a strong belief in the power of an individual to make a positive difference in his or her own life and community. Throughout a career that created Walmart, one of the world’s leading companies, Sam Walton believed strongly in achievement, and that included philanthropic commitment and results as well as corporate success. The Foundation’s commitment to addressing K-12 education reform, conservation of sensitive marine and freshwater environments, and economic development in the Delta Region of Arkansas and Mississippi is the result of constant and thorough evaluation and re-evaluation of strategic philanthropic investments that can deliver measurable, meaningful benefits. You can learn more at waltonfamilyfoundation.org