If you’ve got wild Alaska seafood on the menu right now you’re one plate closer to being able to join the Smart Catch program!

What’s Smart Catch? We’re glad you asked!

Smart Catch is an educational sustainable seafood program created by chefs for chefs with the purpose of increasing the sustainability of the seafood supply chain. With more than 90 percent of the world's fisheries either fully fished or overfished, preserving marine life to assure stable fishing stocks and promoting sustainably farmed options is more important than ever. 

The idea for Smart Catch is simple and powerful: the program provides training and support to chefs so they can serve seafood fished or farmed in environmentally-responsible ways. By becoming a Smart Catch Leader and earning the Smart Catch seal, chefs give consumers a simple way to identify and support their restaurants.

Through Smart Catch, chefs have a chance to use their influence to lead industry efforts to maintain healthy, sustainable food sources both for now and for future generations. They will be able to expand not only our palates, but also our views. 

The JBF asked Smart Catch fan (and wild salmon lover) Tom Douglas to pick a standout dish and he named “Bristol Bay wild salmon, steamed with a bit of ginger and Washington Chardonnay, plus a creamy pat of butter, served over aromatic star anise sticky rice and sizzling garlic bok choy that we serve at our Tanakasan restaurant.”

Sounds fantastic! Learn more about Smart Catch here: https://www.jamesbeard.org/smart-catch

And visit the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute's website for more info on wild Alaska seafood!