Happy World Ocean Day!

World Ocean Day is celebrated every year on June 8! This day serves as a reminder of the vital role our oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. By celebrating World Ocean Day, we can raise awareness about the importance of sustainable practices and conservation efforts that are essential to protecting our marine ecosystems. At The Town Dock, we take great pride in providing sustainable squid choices -- our Rhode Island Calamari® and Premium Domestic Calamari -- both of which have been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The MSC is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of ocean conservation. Through their fishery certification programs, the MSC strives to improve the overall health and sustainability of our oceans for both present and future generations. Fisheries that adhere to the MSC's guidelines and practices are awarded the blue eco label, signifying their commitment to responsible and sustainable fishing methods. By partnering with the MSC, organizations like The Town Dock can ensure that their seafood products are sourced in a manner that supports healthy fish populations and ecosystems, paving the way for a more sustainable future for our oceans.

The Town Dock values its partnership with the MSC, and the ripple effect it has on improving the heath and overall sustainability of our oceans. Through our work with the MSC, we are able to provide seafood products that is certified as being sourced with responsible, ethical, and sustainable fishing methods that continue to preserve squid populations and ecosystems for the benefit of future generations. You can find the MSC's blue label on both The Town Dock's Rhode Island Calamari® and Premium Domestic Calamari. This certification serves as our commitment to practicing sustainable and ethical fishing. Together with the MSC, we are committed to creating a more sustainable future for our oceans!

Embracing sustainable fishing practices is one of the most important ways to preserve the life of our ocean. Overfishing can put ocean wildlife at risk, and can cause a ripple effect for millions who depend on seafood as their food resource and livelihood. We must work together to ensure the preservation of our ocean so that it remains a valuable resource for generations to come.

The practice of overfishing, also known as Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated Fishing (IUU), encompasses a range of illicit fishing activities that violate both national and international fishing regulations. Illegal fishing is conducted by national or foreign vessels in waters under a State's jurisdiction without permission. Unreported fishing refers to fishing activities that have not been reported to relevant authorities, while unregulated fishing occurs when vessels operate without proper oversight. These activities can take place in areas lacking management measures, posing a threat to marine conservation and sustainable fishing practices.

The MSC is a large spokesperson for creating and utilizing sustainable fishing practices in order to grow fish populations. Fisheries that use sustainable fishing practices are not only protecting marine life but are also protecting it.

Learn more about certified sustainable seafood at The Town Dock here: https://www.towndock.com/en-us/certified-sustainable-calamari

Learn more about the Marine Stewardship Council here: https://www.msc.org/en-us