The 5 Anchors: Principles of a Place-Based Approach to Sustaining Wild Seafood

Ecosystems are places and humans are part of our ecosystems. Eating with the Ecosystem harnesses the momentum of the local foods movement to craft a holistic approach to sustaining these places and the wild seafood they produce.

This is in contrast to conventional species-based approaches to sustaining seafood, that define sustainability in terms of the stocks and yields of specific individual commercialized fish species. Our place-based approach recognizes that species do not exist in isolation from each other or their ecosystem and defines sustainability in terms of the resilience of local ecosystems and the people who depend on them. It recognizes also that we live in an era of rapid environmental change, and promotes a notion of sustainable marketing that mimics ecosystem rhythms and nurtures positive feedback loops between seafood lovers and seafood habitats.

We have 5 anchors which guide our approach: