American Unagi collaborates with RuralWorks for a more sustainable aquaculture
RuralWorks Partners, through a press release, has confirmed an investment in American Unagi, Inc. (AU), the only producer and processor in the US of locally sourced and harvested American Eel (also known as Unagi).
AU is located in Maine and sells a range of live and value-add Unagi products to Michelin-star restaurants, other discerning consumers, and distributors throughout the United States.
Regarding this, Sara Rademaker, founder of American Unagi, said: "With a strong focus on supporting local economies and preserving our environment, American Unagi leads the way in sustainable aquaculture. Our mission is to offer consumers a responsible and traceable alternative to uncertain imported eel products, while championing community growth and responsible natural resource management. Our collaboration with RuralWorks is an important piece in achieving these goals."
The press release explained that American Unagi is disrupting the traditional eel supply chain, from Maine to China, as it expands within the 5000 metric ton US market driven by consumers’ increasing demand for sustainable, traceable seafood.
With this in mind and thanks to operating in partnership with the local Passamaquoddy Tribe, AU is well positioned to supply the escalating consumer demand for sustainably sourced, traceable seafood, notably within the fast-growing market for Japanese cuisine.
RuralWorks confirmed its commitment to invest in scalable rural businesses that generate quality jobs while addressing challenges posed by climate change, is excited about this new relationship. "We are thrilled to support American Unagi’s disruptive approach to sustainable aquaculture," said Louisa Schibli, RuralWorks’ chief engagement officer.
Finally, she added: "This investment aligns perfectly with our mission to help build local agriculture and food supply chains, create economic resilience within rural communities, and promote environmentally responsible solutions."