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Catch of the Day: Cornell Dining partners with Great Eastern Seafood

Cornell Dining's ongoing commitment to providing responsibly sourced fish has led to a partnership with Great Eastern Seafood, a family owned processor that has been in business for over 40 years. The company began on the Historic Boston Fish Pier back in 1982, and is currently operating at the Black Falcon Pier in the Seaport District.

Responsibility, ethics, and quality guide Great Eastern, which focuses on local and domestic sources utilizing long-line and midwater trawl catch methods. These are the most responsible methods both for maintaining the environment and preserving the quality of the fish.

Cornell Dining has chosen to partner with Great Eastern thanks to these strict guidelines, and thanks to their third-party certifications from SQF/HACCP, an international standard that assures food has been processed according to recognized standards while also demonstrating a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement; the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a New England non-profit devoted to the wellbeing of the area's fishing grounds and ensuring responsible harvesting; and the Marine Stewardship Council, a non-profit we've worked with in the past that offers an international standard for sustainability and both recognizes and rewards efforts to protect oceans and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

These three non-profits subject Great Eastern to unannounced audits, which helps ensure the integrity of their practices.

We're also pleased to say Great Eastern delivers fish to Cornell Dining in 100% recyclable and biodegradable packaging, further enhancing our ability to be sustainable as we source delicious fish and seafood for our dining rooms and cafés.

About Cornell Dining

Cornell Dining is consistently ranked in the Princeton Review's top ten for best campus food among all colleges and universities in the country! That high rating comes from customer surveys, and reflects Cornell Dining's commitment to serving high-quality foods that are healthy and creatively prepared with genuine care for a diverse community. Cornell Dining operates about 30 on-campus eateries -- which include residential dining rooms, cafés, coffeehouses, food courts, and convenience stores -- and serves more than 23,000 meals a day to members of the Cornell community. For more information, visit