Pew Seaweb was one of the first ENGOs which targetted commercial fishing. SEaweb had initial funding of $4.5 million from Pew, this was supplemented by an additional $12.6 million from Packard and $0.6 million from Walton.

  • The grants from Packard to Seaweb are available on a separate page (link). It's amazing, in a disgusting sort of way, to see the foundation dollars being spent in efforts to help support seafood sustainability when fishermen have to fight the federal budget battle each year - mostly unsuccessfully - to get enough researh done to come up with adequate assessments of the health of important fish stocks.
  • One of the first undertakings of Seaweb was was a survey to determine the public's attitudes towards ocean degradation. The Mellman Report. In an analysis of the survey (here - the included links are long out-of-date and seem to be dead.) included a wealth of information, some of the most provocative being "Americans believe the ocean's problems stem from many sources, but oil companies are seen as a prime culprit - The publicity around oil spills in the ocean has undoubtedly led to the perception that these accidents account for the majority of the ocean's pollution. In fact, 81% of Americans believe that oil spills are a very serious problem. This is followed by chemical runoff from large corporate farms (75% very serious), improperly treated water from towns near the coast (69%), contaminated seafood (65%) and trash, oil, and chemical runoff from streets (65%). In contrast, people believe the least serious ocean problems are air pollution from cars and industry (40%), and the killing of sharks (30%)."
  • The people at Seaweb, along with those at Fenton Communications and we don't know how many other groups, had a mass shoulder dislocation from all of the self-congratulatory back patting they did after "saving" the Northwest Atlantic swordfish with their Give Swordfish a Break campaign (link). While it's far from clear how many swordfish they saved, the U.S. swordfish fleet - and the U.S. swordfish market are still suffering from this almost totally gratuitous campaign (go to the Fenton Communications page here for more information).