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FISH: Feeding Individuals to Support Health

FISH: Feeding Individuals to Support Health

Baltimore Organizations Form Unique Partnership to Create the FISH (Feeding Individuals to Support Health) Project

Scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) are conducting aquaculture research at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) to develop the next generation of environmentally sustainable methods for farming marine fish of commercial importance.

In a unique collaboration between IMET, United Way of Central Maryland, McCormick, and JJ McDonnell, the FISH Project was developed to positively impact the health of the central Maryland community. The project aims to provide residents living in underserved communities with access to healthy and nutritious meal options, like fresh-cooked fish.

The initial harvest of fish is a Mediterranean bronzini, which has been grown in pristine saltwater in the IMET Aquaculture Research Center. As part of its commitment to supporting sustainable seafood sourcing, the local seafood distributor JJ McDonnell, will process and deliver the fish to local meal programs as well as to the Maryland Food Bank. The goal is to not only deliver high-quality, locally produced fish to improve people’s health, but also to educate families and individuals on how to prepare fish using low cost, healthy, flavorful ingredients.

The FISH Project was officially launched at the Franciscan Center on June 25, where patrons were served a healthy bronzini lunch.

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FISH Partners


McCormick works to improve the health and well-being of all people; build vibrant communities where we live, work and source; and make a positive impact on the planet.

United Way

United Way of Central Maryland's mission is to unite and engage our communities to improve people's lives.

Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET)

The scientists at IMET conduct marine and environmental research and thereby create technologies designed to foster the protection and restoration of coastal marine systems and their watersheds, sustainable use of their resources and improvement of human health. IMET is a joint University System of Maryland research institute capitalizing on the strengths of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

JJ McDonnell

At J.J. McDonnell we recognize the increasingly important subject of sustainability in our industry. We are committed to working with our vendors to collect key information about all of our seafood products. We assess that information against environmental indicators with the help of our partners. We find a great sense of joy in supporting our local community and resources. We try to help every time we can and truly believe that as a business in this fine state, we must give back and support those around us.

Franciscan Center of Baltimore

The mission of the Franciscan Center is to provide emergency assistance and supportive outreach to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in realizing their self-worth and dignity as people of God.


Posted: August 28, 2019, 9:56 AM