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Indigenous Enters into Formal Partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program

Chef Steve is on a mission to change the food industry. It all comes back to his passion for food, the planet and the community. Carefully sourced local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients served in a building that perfectly complements its surroundings - it doesn’t get much better than that.

But today, we’re proud to announce that it has...

After four years of hard work, Indigenous has officially entered into a formal partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, committing to serve only seafood caught or farmed in ocean-friendly ways.

This accomplishment places Indigenous on a short list of partners here in Sarasota who have been approved. In fact, Indigenous is the only Sarasota-based restaurant partner currently on the list. Whole Foods Market, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and START Seafood Savvy Program are the only other businesses in Sarasota to earn the partnership.

“Seafood Watch is proud to welcome Indigenous as its newest partner,” said Seafood Watch Director, Jennifer Dianto-Kemmerly. “Working together is critical to help create healthy and abundant oceans that will continue to supply us with food, help regulate our climate, and provide a livelihood for millions of people."

Seafood Watch empowers consumers and businesses to make choices for healthy oceans. Using science-based, peer reviewed methods, Seafood Watch assesses how wild-caught and farmed seafood affect the environment and provides recommendations indicating which items are “Best Choices,” “Good Alternatives,” and which ones to “Avoid.”

As a Seafood Watch restaurant partner, Indigenous pledges to serve only seafood rated a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” and to educate its customers, suppliers and employees about sustainability issues.

“We are so incredibly proud to have been approved as a Seafood Watch partner,” said Chef Steve. “It was a lengthy battle, as the requirements are extremely strict. I’m so proud of how far we’ve come.”

By partnering with Seafood Watch, Indigenous reflects its awareness about growing public concern with how our seafood choices affect the world’s fish populations and the impact of seafood production on ocean health. More than 50% of U.S. consumers say that buying sustainable seafood is personally important.

“We are committed to providing our diners a unique, conscious dining experience,” said Chef Steve. “Through this partnership, our customers can rest assured they’re making responsible culinary decisions when they visit us at Indigenous.”

Seafood Watch science is referenced by more than 1,000 businesses at 150,000 locations worldwide to help inform their purchasing decisions. Indigenous joins hundreds of partners entering into an official partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and actively working with its Business Outreach program to help shift the market toward environmentally responsible fisheries and aquaculture operations.

Patrons around the world can find other businesses that are practicing sustainability by visiting the Partners section of the Seafood Watch Program’s website. We also recommend downloading the Seafood Watch app for recommendations on sustainable seafood.

“It’s been a long journey, and it’s all led to this,” said Chef Steve. “Our focus on sustainability has always differentiated us from the crowd. We’re proud to be able to offer the Sarasota community a place to enjoy good food responsibly, surrounded by others who care about making a difference.”

Interested in joining us for dinner? Give us a call at 941.706.4740 to make a reservation.