So who is this Michael Arbuckle?

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: About, Social Impact, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , |

How would you describe your role with NAI-BSI? I am a Director and stockholder of NAI-BSI.  That means ensuring, along with my fellow directors and staff, that NAI-BSI is profitable and sustainable to its stock holders, to its employees and to its supply partners.  While I am engaged in all aspects of NAI business, my particular [...]

What to know about seafood focused foundations and non-profits

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The range of non-profit organizations working on seafood projects can make for a confusing landscape. We wanted to lay out some of the main players on both the funding and project side to give you a better understanding of where resources are spent in seafood non-profit work today. With any non-profit work, it's important to first understand the funding. In an article [...]

Bill Stride featured at Publix sustainabile seafood forum

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Community-based fishery management, Customer, Products, Supply Chain, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bill Stride presented our progress on the community based fishery management project at the Publix sustainable seafood forum last week. Bill was the only seafood vendor representative asked to present, providing insight around responsible seafood supply chain development. The forum was held at Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. Bill reviewed why we're focusing on Indonesia, how we've [...]

Ibu Susi: the key to sustainble fishery development in Indonesia

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Indonesia, Sustainability|Tags: , , |

Indonesia is second only to China in total wild-caught fish production. The world's largest archipelago sits at the meeting point of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Consequently, major currents from both oceans feed the area with an incredible mass of nutrients. These fishing grounds support over 800,000 commercial vessels and employ upwards of 6.4 million Indonesians. [...]

Sitting down with President and founder Jerry Knecht

By | October 4th, 2016|Categories: Social Impact, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , |

This week, we get some perspective from Jerry. Let's see what we can learn from his experience in the northeast, Indonesia and everywhere in-between. Once you exited the New England fisheries, which fisheries did you examine for your next phase of work and why did you choose Indonesia? Prior to completely exiting, we had been in [...]

How we’re partnering with Global Fishing Watch to expand our traceability program

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Supply Chain, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , |

Developing coastal countries throughout the world have major small-boat fleets, but we have little understanding of these fleets' fishing efforts because of high barriers to basic on-board technologies. In Indonesia alone, artisanal fishers account for 95% of wild-capture production. We're committed to building a scalable solution for small-boat traceability to answer the need for reliable catch data collection. To [...]

Key takeaways from the FAO’s annual report “The State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture”

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Community-based fishery management, Sustainability|Tags: , , , |

The Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) began publishing their annual report titled “The State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture” in an effort to provide an objective look at where we are today with global fish production and the associated challenges and opportunities. With over 200 pages, we realize you may not have [...]

CEO Bill Stride’s learnings in a changing business

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Customer, Products, Social Impact, Supply Chain, Sustainability|Tags: , , , |

What was your background before NAI-BSI? What types of seafood businesses? I started working on the plant floor at Turner Fisheries in Boston at age 14 producing reusable gel ice packs, and spent my high school and college Summers working there. I was a Union member and learned every aspect of fresh processing, shipping and receiving. [...]

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) explained

By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , |

The range of conversations around responsible harvesting and fishery sustainability efforts can be scattered and confusing. That’s why we wanted to dive into a component of the discussion we’re close to today: fishery improvement projects (FIPs). Let’s take a look at what they are, which ones we source from and where you can find good resources [...]

Founder and Principal Jerry Knecht featured as a panelist at the Economist’s regional fisheries conference

By | August 15th, 2016|Categories: Social Impact, Sustainability|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jerry presented the progress of our community-based fishery management model at the recent South-East Asia and Pacific Regional Fisheries Summit in Indonesia. The Economist convened a group of investors, government representatives, non-profit organizations and multi-lateral agencies to discuss how to drive investment in sustainable fisheries. The integrated fishery model quickly became a focal point in discussing [...]