On this week’s episode of Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer is on the phone with Tim Fitzgerald. Tim currently directs EDF’s sustainable seafood program, and specializes in the intersection of environmental sustainability and public health. He is also a senior member of EDF’s National Policy team, advocating for more sustainable federal fisheries management policies. Tim serves on the conservation board of Ecofish LLC and is an advisor to SeaWeb’s KidSafe Seafood campaign and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Coastal Sharks Board. Tune in to hear Tim discuss the My Gulf Wild program, which uses tagging methods to provide traceability for customers and protect them against “fish fraud”. Tim and Katy also talk about the state of Gulf seafood. Is it safe? How is seafood being tested for contaminants? And who is doing the testing? Finally, Katy and Tim discuss the Whole Foods Sustainable Seafood initiative, and the dichotomy between supporting local fisherman and trying to preserve certain fish species. Also, HRN’s own Jack Inslee calls in with a report live from Bonnaroo. This episode has been brought to you by Hearst Ranch.

“One of the most frustrating things from my perspective as a scientist and trying to look at the scientific and ecological ramifications of the spill is that there’s just so much information that is still being guarded or not being released to public because of this whole legal process. BP hired a bunch of scientists and consultants to collect data to support their case.” — Tim Fitzgerald on Straight, No Chaser