Many healthcare institutions are realizing that it's time to buy seafood in line with their values. The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Healthcare Program, are assisting health care facilities in sourcing and serving local, ecologically-responsible seafood whenever possible. Changing buying policies to include local seafood can result in better economic return for fishermen, healthier regional food systems, and more resilient coastal communities.
Some healthcare organizations are promoting a number of initiatives to support eating more local seafood. These include sourcing seafood from purveyors working with small- and medium-scale fishermen, providing their culinary staff with training, providing consumer education on seafood, and highlighting under-appreciated seafood species in their menus.