Talking Points: Chef to Chef

Here are some talking points to help you explain the Portland Pact to other chefs and encourage them to sign the Pact.

  • As chefs, it’s our business to ensure there are strong policies in place that guarantee we have access to food that is good for our customers and good for the planet.
  • When it comes to sustainably-caught domestic seafood, we rely on a law known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
    • The Magnuson-Stevens Act controls the amount of fish that we take from the ocean, so that we can all enjoy this resource now and in the future.
    • Since 2000, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has helped recover more than 40 fish species that had been depleted by overfishing. Today, overfishing is near historic lows.
    • The Magnuson-Stevens Act also protects the jobs of the fishermen we work with, who rely on healthy fisheries for their livelihoods.
  • Unfortunately, some special interest groups and members of Congress are trying to weaken this law, which could spell trouble for chefs and seafood lovers alike.
  • By signing the Portland Pact for Sustainable Seafood, we are raising our voices about the need to maintain and build on successful efforts to promote healthy fisheries.
    • Let’s make sure we keep our favorite seafood dishes on the menu for years to come.
    • Join me. Visit to learn more and sign the Portland Pact.

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