Sea to Table is doing much more than bringing fresh, better regulated seafood to people country-wide. They are supporting traditional fishing communities within the United States dependent on the fishing industry. Sea to Table purchases fish from the fishermen at prices above market rate driving value back into the communities in which they operate. By working with these smaller-scale fishermen who practice sustainable fishing, Sea to Table is also by extension helping to protect against over-harvesting of our oceans as well as against environmental degradation.
By just being present, Sea to Table is making people aware that there are major issues and causes for concern over the majority of the seafood we consume. Prior to hearing about Sea to Table, I had never put much thought into how our supposedly ‘fresh’ seafood is largely sourced within the United States. Eliza even jokes about her refusal to eat fish from just anywhere in town with her friends explaining,“My friends thought I was being a snob until I told them about how fraught the typical farmed shrimp industry is with environmental, health, labor concerns. It's gross - and we're here to offer an alternative.” By operating using sustainable practices and doing things better, Sea to Table is alerting us to all the various issues surrounding the seafood industry by being the solution.