When you eat a seafood, 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 lean skinless fillet emitting that sweet savory aroma from your conventional bake, it has lost 54% of what it weighed whole! (After its head, bones, guts, tail, fins, and skin was removed)
Now this company plans to turn waste into wallets, one salmon skin at a time!
Those in the commercial fish industry have been saying for a while that 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 modern fisheries are harvested at their maximum levels, but 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 one of a kind apparel and accessory products.
It may sound strange, but Tidal Vision has developed top quality textiles out of seafood waste. Such as Chitosan, a fiber in crab and shrimp shells, that can be made into apparel. Their salmon leather products more durable than average cow leather. They plan on manufacturing these products domestically, to keep these new sustainable jobs in this here in the USA.
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.
“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.” Said Tidal Vision’s Founder, Craig Kasberg.
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.
Kasberg also added,“Currently, fisheries managed sustainably face a huge economic disadvantage due to cost of not continuing to harvest fish when populations drop, not using the more efficient but habitat damaging fishing methods, and paying taxes to fund biologists to study their impact to ensure sustainability.”