CHEF RICK MOONEN APPOINTED TO MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM’S CULINARY TASK FORCE COMMITTED TO OCEAN-FRIENDLY SEAFOOD FOR THE FUTURE
“Monterey Bay Aquarium is the ultimate shrine to education on sustainable seafood and I’m excited to be part of the culinary task force,” says Rick Moonen, chef-owner of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room. “As an advocate of sustainable seafood, I always tell my employees and guests to follow the Seafood Watch Program which has the best up-to-date breakdown of information. I like seeing that organizations, like Monterey, and others are working together to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.”
This year, task force members will help influence the Seafood Watch program and work with the seafood industry, suppliers, restaurants and media to empower responsible choices for the future of seafood. As an entity, the Blue Ribbon Task Force spreads awareness and promotes sustainable practices of seafood distribution and consumption. From working directly with fishing and fish farming industries, to hosting dinners, cooking demonstrations, and participating in public and media appearances, Blue Ribbon Task Force members encourage participation and motivate open dialog with the Seafood Watch program.
“Task force members are thought leaders with the ability to change the way we think and act about food,” said Sheila Bowman, manager of culinary and strategic initiatives for Seafood Watch. “With their insight and influence Seafood Watch can better engage the culinary community, and further inspire consumers and businesses to make informed choices in the seafood they consume and source.”