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Sustainability Performance

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Our Performance on Sustainable Fishing Practices

At High Liner Foods, we are not just working with suppliers who are already certified as sustainable, we are also taking a proactive role in improving fisheries and aquaculture programs around the world.

Our Work with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)

When we made our commitment to fishing sustainability, we began work in conjunction with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to survey all of our source fisheries and aquaculture operations to determine which were already sustainable, which could be improved and which should be avoided because they did not engage in responsible business practices. From there, we developed programs and strategies to take a proactive role in improving fisheries and aquaculture programs worldwide.

As the leading seafood company in North America, we have brought together the key stakeholders, from the suppliers to the retailers, so we can all work together to support SFP’s Fishery Improvement Projects. Through this work, more and more fisheries are being certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable.

Our Criteria for Responsibly Sourced Seafood

Responsibly sourced seafood has been part of our sustainability commitment from the beginning. Our commitment is to source all of our seafood from sustainable or responsible sources of supply. “Responsibly sourced” helps define our product-specification requirements from sources that we have identified as being responsibly managed and on a clear, well-defined path toward achieving certification.

To meet our rigorous policies, any High Liner Foods product must meet the following criteria:

When it comes to wild-caught:

  • Is MSC certified;
  • or, is in Full MSC Assessment;
  • or, is in a credible and publicly documented fishery improvement project that has a detailed work plan that includes goals with timelines and reporting of milestones referenced on FishSource and/or WorldWildlife Fund and/or Wild Salmon Centre websites;
  • or, is OceanWise “recommended”;
  • or, is Seafood Watch rated “green” or “yellow.”

When it comes to aquaculture:

As of December 2013, 99% of the seafood we buy meets our high standards. High Liner Foods’ continuing commitment is to maintain these standards into the future and continue driving fishery and aquaculture improvements around the world.

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High Liner Foods' belief in sustainable business practices stretches to those we collaborate with. Some of our partners include: