On Sustainable Seafood Day, Aldi has announced its engagement with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to help evaluate the sustainability of its seafood range.
The partnership enables Aldi to work closely with SFP to develop programs and strategies to ensure the sustainability of its supply chain, and meet its commitment to source sustainably wild caught or farmed seafood.
ALDI Australia was the first Australian retailer to launch a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Albacore Tuna product in January 2010 and in August 2012, the company launched a new fish buying policy. It is now working towards having all wild caught fish sourced through sustainable and equitable methods by 2016.
In order to achieve this, Aldi will trace its entire canned tuna range, from where it was caught through its supply chain and into stores. By 2014, each canned tuna product will have the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) catchment area printed on its lid, enabling consumers to see exactly where the tuna was caught. By 2016, the entire canned tuna range will be sourced using a combination of the available sustainable options including Pole & Line caught and FAD-Free methods.
“Our partnership with SFP assists us to further form the foundation of our seafood sustainability work at Aldi. We recognise the value that SFP bring to the table in respect to fishery and aquaculture improvement, being so highly regarded throughout the seafood supply chain,” an Aldi spokesperson said.
Seafood Sustainability Day is an annual event, celebrating and rewarding MSC-certified sustainable seafood, fisheries and retailers. It tries to encourage the industry to embrace certification and urges consumers to buy sustainably.
The CEO of the Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA), Trixi Madon, said that sustainability was a growing concern for modern consumers, but that it was a huge strength of Australia’s fishing industry.
“If you are going to eat seafood, Australian is an easy choice to be sure of sustainability,” she said.
“Australiancaught seafood is a product that’s great for human health, caught by Australian fishers, and it’s being harvested with great respect for the marine environment.
“That’s a combination you can’t find in many places around the world,” she said.