Our vision

An ecosystem approach

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A place-based approach to sustainable seafood is one that defines sustainability in terms of the resilience of local ecosystems and fishing fleets. It seeks to understand and sustain the complex relationships between the species harvested in our local ocean, the habitat that supports them, the fishermen who catch them, and the market that provides them for our consumption. It recognizes that we live in an era of rapid environmental change, and promotes a notion of sustainable marketing that is adaptable to changing ecology, broad-based in the species it considers, and ever in tune with the observations of both scientists and fishermen as they strive to understand these changes. Learn more about our mission >>

A recipe for resilience

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A recipe always contains two parts: a set of ingredients and a set of instructions. The ingredients must be in the correct proportions to one another for the final dish to come out right. Eating with the Ecosystem's vision for a "Recipe for Resilience" also contains a quantities directive and an actions directive. First, seafood lovers can maximize resilience of marine ecosystems by eating quantities of different species in proportion to each one's natural production: so many parts cod to so many parts dogfish to so many parts crab, etc. Second, seafood lovers can take actions that support policies to protect and enhance wild ocean ecosystems as a source of nutritious seafood and fishing jobs. Stay tuned as we assemble the science to design a recipe for the resilience of New England's fishery ecosystems. And then, try this recipe at home!

Our work


Our events bring people together to celebrate our connection to local marine ecosystems through food while learning more about how to eat in tune with these ecosystems and steward them for the future. Take a tour of some of our past events from 2012-today. In early 2016, we will inaugurate our School of Fish, a series of cooking workshops at Hope & Main in Warren, RI. Dates will be posted soon.


Our Seafood For All campaign works to make sure that ALL New Englanders have access to healthy local seafood. For 2016, we are partnering with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to integrate local, low-cost seafood into local food pantries and nonprofit meal sites.


We are currently pursuing funding to partner with the University of Rhode Island to analyze fishery survey data to develop a template for a balanced seafood diet that mirrors the production by species of the local fishery ecosystem. Read about our vision for a balanced seafood diet>>

Fishery ecosystems

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Sustainable wild seafood begins with the ecosystems that produce it. New England fishermen harvest seafood from three broad ecological areas: the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and Southern New England waters. Each ecosystem has a unique story. Learn more about New England's marine ecosystems >>

ecosystem Change

Marine ecosystems are exposed to a variety of impacts that can make their production of wild seafood less predictable. Ecosystems and fishermen are constantly adapting to these changes. Seafood lovers can help by being flexible in the seafood they eat and addressing root causes of environmental change.  Learn about sustaining the wild food production of New England's marine ecosystems >>

Species / seafood


New England's marine ecosystems produce an astounding array of edible seafood species. But only a handful is familiar to New England eaters. Eating each species in proportion to its production is the key to an ecologically sustainable seafood diet. Learn about New England's diversity of wild seafood species (under construction)>>

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