When you eat a fish, have you ever thought about how much was wasted before it made its way to your plate?
For fish like King Salmon, when a whole fish is sliced and diced into that juicy skinless fillet that is emitting that sweet savory aroma from your conventional bake, it has lost 54% of what it weighed whole!
Those in the industry have been saying it is about time that someone develops a use for all that waste. Well, the time has come.
In 2014, an Alaskan Commercial Fishing Captain Craig Kasberg, who has 9 years experience in the sustainable seafood industry, noticed that although modern fisheries are harvested at their maximum levels, about 40% of the harvested fish are often wasted.
To change this, he founded Tidal Vision, a company that takes discarded Ocean byproducts (such as fish skins, crab and shrimp shells) and turns them into apparel and accessory products.
It may sound strange, but Tidal Vision has developed top quality textiles can be made out of the Chitosan, a fiber in crab and shrimp shells. Their salmon leather products are also as durable as cow’s leather.
Tidal Vision’s inspiration comes from the economies, families, cultures and ecosystems that rely on the sustainable management and protection of the Ocean’s resources.
Founder Craig Kasberg said, “I realized that if the Ocean’s byproducts were used to their fullest potential, it would add value to the struggling fisheries managed to protect against overfishing, pollution, and habitat damaging fishing methods.”
Because of their concern for the ecosystem, Tidal Vision pledges to only use byproducts from sustainably managed fisheries to ensure the Ocean’s resources exist for generations to come. This also includes not support farmed salmon.
Kasberg also added,“Currently, fisheries managed sustainably face a huge economic disadvantage due to added expenses of not continuing to harvest fish when populations drop, not using the more cost effective but habitat damaging fishing methods, and paying taxes to fund biologists to study their impact.”