FreshFishFinder.org was developed in the fall-winter of 2020 and launched in 2021 to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets (especially restaurants) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who Developed FreshFishFinder.org? The Great Lakes Sea Grant FreshFishFinder.org website is a product of a handful of Sea Grant staff members from the Great Lakes Sea Grant programs of Illinois-Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The project was initiated and led by Minnesota Sea Grant in collaboration with Sea Grant colleagues from the Sea Grant Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative project.
Target Audiences: FreshFishFinder.org is designed to provide consumers with an easy-to-use map of fish seller locations and businesses throughout the Great Lakes region where they can purchase wild-caught and aquaculture-raised fish and seafood products and bait.
Businesses: For each participating business, FreshFishFinder.org lists the business name, location, product categories, website URL, contact information, and a brief description of the business. Each state Sea Grant program is responsible for providing the information for the businesses listed for their state.
Funding: The development of the Sea Grant Great Lakes FreshFishFinder.org was funded by a one-year (2020-2021) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Rapid Response grant.
- 2020-2021 Project leader: Amy Schrank, Minnesota Sea Grant Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator.
- 2022-2023 Project leader: Amy Shambach, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Aquaculture Marketing Outreach Associate.