Our responsible sourcing policy for own brand fish and shellfish requires all fish – both wild and farmed – to be fully traceable and independently certified to a recognised third party standard. Failing that, it should be working towards achieving certification before 2017.
For wild fish, responsible fishing methods must be used to minimise by-catch of vulnerable and non-targeted species. Fishing practices that minimise discards and that avoid capture of immature or undersized fish should be encouraged.
Farmed fish must be fully traceable to known and audited Waitrose approved farm sites. Audit protocols must include assessment of fish welfare, veterinary care, husbandry, protection of the marine environment and sources of marine based feed ingredients.
All aquaculture activities must be conducted in a manner that is socially responsible and within national rules and regulations. They must adhere to the International Labour Organisation’s convention on labour rights, not jeopardising the livelihood of aquaculture workers and local communities.
We enable Buyers and suppliers to work in cooperation to select the best available source of fish – wild or farmed - in line with our policy. We are close to meeting our ambitious aim for independent certification for all of our own brand seafood and we will continue to uphold this standard against the backdrop of dynamic changes in the world’s oceans and aquaculture operations. This year we won the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) best fish counter award for the second year running.