America is home to myriad plant and animal species that are highly nutritious and widely consumed outside of the U.S., but are considered here to be overly abundant, nuisances, and even invasive. Our purpose is to harness this huge biomass of nutritious abundant species proliferating in the American wilds to build a food system that is inherently responsive to nature, where nourishing our bodies creates a net positive for the planet – restoring native ecosystems and strengthening local economies.
GoWild Foods is identifying these species and transforming them from environmental problems into uniquely nutritious and environmentally responsible foods.
Our first species focus is Silver Skipper, also known as silver carp, a member of the Asian carp family that was introduced to the U.S. in the 1970s and is now considered invasive in 17 states throughout states of the Lower and Upper Mississippi River Basin.
We aim to transform Silver Skipper from a destructive and costly threat to native ecosystems and local communities into the most responsible, delicious, and healthy American fish choice. We consider harvest and commercialization of Silver Skipper to be a critical part of a multi-faceted approach to Asian carp population control and we work in partnership with local authorities, scientists, and dedicated agencies to this end. GoWild Foods aims to achieve the following impacts.
Cause millions of Americans to eat Silver Skipper as their preferred choice for healthy, environmentally responsible seafood
Generate living wage jobs and valuable livelihoods in the Silver Skipper fishing, processing, and distribution sectors
Spur economic and social revitalization of rural and peri-urban communities in the Lower Mississippi River Basin
Reduce the Asian carp population through harvest and commercialization of Silver Skipper, in coordination with other control efforts
Reduce population pressure on threatened fish species that bear the brunt of America’s demand for seafood
We're bringing mission-aligned fishermen, processors, manufacturers, food brands, policy makers, and investors together to manage the Silver Skipper population and put this healthy, delicious fish on America's dinner tables. Interested in learning more about our activities on the ground and in the water? Contact us.