Starving Orcas & Declining Salmon: How One Grocery Store Developed an Innovative and Responsible Sourcing Policy | Seafoodie

Saving some salmon for the Orcas. We all need to eat.

Two years ago the world watched in sadness as an orca pushed her dead calf through Puget Sound for 17 days. The event brought attention to the unique “Southern Resident Killer Whale” pods that are believed to be starving as their primary food source of king salmon declines. In response to customer concerns, some grocery stores stopped selling king salmon, but that came with unintended consequences. Hear how a fisheries expert and a progressive-minded grocery store chain in the PNW teamed up to develop a groundbreaking way to safely and sustainably put king salmon back on the menu for humans and orcas.



Robert E. Jones

Chef Robert is a respected leader in sustainable seafood and a passionate advocate for global food systems reform. Before attending the Culinary Institute of America in Napa he had 20+ years of experience in government affairs, advocacy, and public policy including managing a sustainable fisheries portfolio for a global organization and as an appointee by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Today he advises clients on ways to promote sustainable seafood and tackle loss and waste in the supply chain.