Seafood isn’t just our business, it’s our heritage. It is our goal to preserve our heritage for generations to come. To make sure of this commitment Wanchese Fish Company belongs to several organizations dedicated to preservation and harvesting in a sustainable manner.
FishWatch, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service database, provides up-to-date information on the status of marine fish harvested in U.S. federal waters and what is being done to make them sustainable. Click Here to visit their website.
Aquaculture is another area that Wanchese is exploring. In an effort to decrease the pressure on wild fisheries with less impact on the environment, we began growing oysters. The off-bottom cages where they live actually become nursery havens to other species like barnacles, seaweed, juvenile fish, shrimp, crabs, and — yes — wild oysters, too.
In addition, our fleet meets all conservation requirements mandated by the federal and state governments. Each of our shrimp trawl nets include a Turtle Exclusion Device (TED) as well a Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRD). These devices help reduce the amount of bycatch of small fish.