Sobeys Responsibly Sources Our Seafood
Seafood is an important component in our company’s offering.
Our commitment is straightforward. Sobeys will continue to manage our complete assortment so that we do not sell any seafood species’ that have major sustainability issues associated with them.
Supporting our overall commitment to sustainability, Sobeys wants to ensure that seafood is available to meet the needs of customers today and in the future. As a company with Atlantic roots, we understand that protecting the long-term health of ocean ecosystems is important to ensuring the continued viability of the species we source as well as to supporting the economies of the communities we source from.
We believe that the people working to catch, farm and process seafood must do so under accepted global standards for safe and fair working conditions. Sobeys partners with industry suppliers that share our values in responsibly sourcing seafood .
Together, with our suppliers, we continually gather sourcing information such as species, tonnage, geographical location of harvest, and fishing gear type from suppliers for the fresh, frozen, and private label seafood they supply for our company.
Additionally, whenever possible, Sobeys sources wild-caught products that have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, and farmed products that have been certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) or Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).
We continue to partner with a variety of stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the impact our products have on the health of our oceans ecosystems.
We do not source species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the International Union of for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), high risk species that lack a Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs), nor from suppliers known to be harvesting through illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. Sobeys is committed to working with the seafood industry to improve, where, how and what is caught and sold in our stores taking into consideration the health of our oceans and customers. For instance, Sobeys helps support fisheries that are engaged in Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs), which are aimed at improving the environmental performance of our seafood sources. We are committed to sourcing from them as long as improvements continue.