Over 260 million seafood servings donated.
SeaShare is a non-profit founded in 1994 to help the seafood industry donate to hunger-relief efforts in the United States.
It began with a small group of commercial fishermen in Alaska who took unintentionally caught fish (known as bycatch) that were required by law to be thrown back into the sea, and gave those fish – vital, healthy protein – to food banks. Over the past 29 years, SeaShare has grown its donations far beyond our original bycatch program. Now 90 percent of our seafood is first-run, marketable product, donated by generous fishermen and processors around the country. They believe in the power of seafood to help those served by food banks and feeding centers. Over 260 million seafood servings have been distributed so far and we're still counting.
Our original bycatch donation program allowed SeaShare to accomplish a number of important milestones that have led to our success. It required achieved changes to National Marine Fisheries Service regulations in Alaska – the largest fishery in the United States – to allow the retention of bycatch solely for use by hunger-relief agencies. It also required us to develop a network of service donors so the load is shared and the results are maximized. With a growing list of processors, freight companies, food banks, and financial donors, more seafood is being served on more tables across the country.
It was an important story about fishermen who valued every fish they pulled from the sea. Rather than throw dead fish overboard, those fish could be a significant source of nutrition – badly needed protein – to help fight hunger. Because SeaShare's goal isn't just to feed people, but to use seafood to feed people well.
We're proud to have received these awards
- 2019 General Mills Food Recovery Champion
- 2018 Finalist, Global Seafood Champion Award in Leadership
- 2016 Community Partner Award - Millionair Club
- 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Award - Stewardship & Sustainability
- 2012 LA Food Bank Top 50 Donor
- 2011/2012 Food Lifeline Top Donor
- 2011 Alaska Champion Award
- 2011 Disaster Relief Campaign Partner with Feeding America
- 2009 Outstanding Food Donor – Food Lifeline, Seattle, WA
- 2009 Certificate of Appreciation – Food Bank of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
- 2008 Evergreen Award for Groundbreaking Work in Partnerships and Collaboration from the Seattle-based Executive Alliance at the 14th Annual Washington State Non-profit Conference
- 2006 Sustainable Fisheries Leadership Award in the categories of Community Service, Media, and Public Education from NOAA -U.S. Dept. of Commerce
- Feeding America Hunger’s Hope Award (1995-2001)
- 1999 Environmental Hero Award from NOAA, presented by Vice President Al Gore.
Our board of directors
Chief Commercial Officer, American Seafoods Co.
Board Vice President
Executive Director, Port of Kingston, WA
President, The Shanahan Group, Inc.
Managing Director, NAIA Natural Products
Past Director of Government Affairs, American Seafoods Co. LLC
Senior VP, Food Industry Insurance Division, FOA & Son Corp.
President, Unisea, Inc.
President, Arctic Storm Management Group
Catcher Vessel Fleet Manager, Golden Alaska Seafoods
President, Channel Fish Processing
Terry Shaff Memorial Fund
Terry Shaff was a beloved and long-serving board member at SeaShare, President and CEO of the seafood company UniSea, and a former chairman of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association. When Terry passed away suddenly in late 2014, the seafood industry and community came together to recognize Terry’s leadership, his generosity, and his commitment to SeaShare’s mission to improve nutrition for the people served by food banks and feeding centers.
Terry’s peers and friends have honored his memory through the establishment of the Terry Shaff Memorial Fund. Through this fund, SeaShare has invested over $200,000 in buying freezers and building long-term partnerships in hubs that distribute seafood to remote villages. To date, SeaShare has installed freezers in Dillingham, St. Paul, Bethel, Kodiak, and Juneau. These freezers enable our seafood donations to reach 34 rural villages, where seafood has special dietary and cultural significance, yet many people have limited access to its myriad nutritional and health benefits. We think Terry would be proud of this project, and we are so thankful to everyone who has supported this work in his honor.