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Fish Factor


The decades-old ‘bycatch to food banks’ program has grown far beyond its original Alaska beginnings.

Today, only 10 percent of the fish going to hunger relief

programs is bycatch of

primarily halibut and salmon taken accidentally in other fisheries. The remainder is “first-run” products donated to Sea Share, the nation’s only non-profit that donates fish through a tight network of fishermen, processors, packagers and transporters. 

Sea Share began in

1993 when Bering Sea

fishermen pushed to be allowed to direct fish taken as

bycatch to food banks instead of over the rails, a...

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