Seafood Sustainability Pledge
All of our farm-raised seafood, fresh and frozen, will be 4-star BAP Certified by 2018.
Fish For Now, Fish For The Future
At Southeastern Grocers, we believe that food and sustainability are intertwined. Whether our seafood is fresh or frozen, our mission is to provide consistent, high-quality seafood that is delicious, fresh and sourced responsibly.
Partnerships & Suppliers
Southeastern Grocers partners with the world’s leading Seafood Sustainability organizations to ensure the seafood that we provide is high-quality and responsibly obtained/raised. We also utilize best practices in animal welfare, abiding by labor regulations and safety laws for both farm-raised and wild-caught seafood.
Collectively, with our suppliers, we work with the following organizations:
- The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) to ensure our farm-raised seafood suppliers are adhering to the Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP)
- The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) serves as our main sustainable seafood collaborator
- The Marine Stewardship Council/National Marine Fishing Service to certify and manage sustainable practices
- World Wildlife Fund to determine sustainable fisheries
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program has developed a 1 to 4-star rating to provide a well-rounded assessment to determine the quality and sustainability of the fish and its environment. To achieve a 4-star rating, the aquafarm must promote quality habitat, social well-being, protected hatcheries and balanced nutrition.
We currently partner with 8 BAP 4-star suppliers, but are proud to report that by 2018, all farm-raised seafood sold in our stores will be BAP 4-star certified, providing our customers superior product.
We are proud to be the first and only American retail member of the International Pole and Line Foundation, an organization that is committed to using only one-by-one catching methods, the most sustainable means to harvest tuna. Southeastern Grocers works closely with our supply partners to ensure that our own brand tuna will be responsibly sourced and dolphin-safe by 2017.
We work with reputable suppliers that source seafood from sustainable environments to ensure our wild seafood is caught responsibly. At Southeastern Grocers, we fully disclose the country of origin, method of catch, and source location of our wild caught seafood.
We are committed to the continuous efforts in providing our customers with a large selection of sustainably sourced seafood. We have the highest expectations for our product and our suppliers to ensure quality product is available. We demonstrate this commitment by making the promise directly on our products with the Quality Promise of Sustainably Sourced Seafood stamp.
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