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Reach Food Service Limited

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“We are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to demonstrate our commitment as a responsible operator.”

Reach Food Service joined in January 2019

“Environmentally aware and commercially astute businesses are the bedrock of vibrant seafood industry, and we are proud to be a part of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition to demonstrate our commitment as a responsible operator. At the heart of our sustainability philosophy is the belief that sustainable supply chains are reinforced by equitable value chains and vice versa.”

More about Reach Food Service

“Reach is a start-up founded in July 2018 founded by a team of professionals with many years of experience in the seafood trade. Our target segment is the premium end of the London Food service market, and our product range is a mix of both imported and locally sourced gourmet seafood products. An uncompromising attitude to customer service and a fresh take on sustainability is what sets us apart as a business.”

For more information visit their website.

UK support helps new Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition to launch

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Following the success of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) in the UK, a similar industry initiative will be launched in Hong Kong, demonstrating how the collaborative model can be replicated around the world.

The Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (HKSSC) has brought together suppliers, buyers, restaurants, hotels and retail outlets collaborating to promote seafood sustainability and address concerns over Illegal, unregulated and unreported fish products in the supply chain.

Like the original SSC, the Hong Kong-based coalition will work as a pre-competitive model and organisers have spent the past year engaging with businesses to create new voluntary codes of conduct on seafood sourcing and environmental claims for packaging and menus.

And while the Hong Kong coalition is unaffiliated with the original, ClientEarth, as secretariat to the UK SSC consulted to the new venture, offering expertise to adapt the organisational structure and come up with their own codes.

Benjamin So, the Chair of the HKSSC said, “The establishment of the Coalition serves a three-fold purpose. Firstly, as users of a critical natural resource, we have a duty to ensure its responsible use. In addition, by adopting the HKSSC code of conduct, members can address the increasing concern among Hong Kong consumers regarding the sustainability of marine populations. Last but not least, collective industry action will bring greater commercial certainty to the seafood business.

“We found the Sustainable Seafood Coalition model to be readily adaptable to our market and welcomed the consultation from ClientEarth in how we adapt our own version of the voluntary codes of conduct.”

Oliver Tanqueray from the SSC in the UK said: “Seeing the Sustainable Seafood Coalition model adapted for a market on the other side of the world is a vote of confidence in the model’s effectiveness and its ability to be replicated internationally. The world’s seafood supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link so this is about promoting raising the bar everywhere.

“We hope other seafood industries sit up and take notice. If you want to see a pre-competitive collaboration in your region, it’s time to get in touch.”

True World Foods UK

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“We want to be part of the growing group of responsible businesses which work with partners to address seafood sustainability.”

True World Foods UK joined in November 2018

“In order to ensure that our company upholds high standards of purchasing ethically sourced goods, products are investigated for their origin and how they are caught. True World Foods makes sure that all the requisite documents regarding food safety, sustainability and responsible sourcing are met. We aim to carry sustainability accreditation such as MSC and ASC for many of our products. We take food safety accreditations like BRC and SALSA into consideration before entering into official trade or business with suppliers. Our concern for environmental and animal welfare issues, and the importance of keeping ecosystems unchanged, mean that our company aims to tackle activities such as overfishing, unreported fishing, whaling and bycatch. We joined the SSC because we want to be part of the growing group of responsible business which work with partners to address seafood sustainability”.

More about True World Foods UK

“True World Foods UK is a supplier of premium fresh and frozen seafood products. We are SALSA approved and MSC chain-of-custody certified. Most of our products are sourced via True World Group’s global network ensuring that the supply-chain is short, fresh and easily traceable. This is an important factor as we specialise in supplying to restaurant sectors but mainly focusing on premium-end Japanese restaurants and Sushi chain groups.”

For more information visit their website.

 

Guest Post: Sea Farms on squid and sustainability

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This series of guest blogs will explore members’ motivations for joining the SSC, their experiences of implementing the Codes of Conduct and information on projects or initiatives which support them in their pursuit of progress on seafood sustainability. In this blog, Sarah Hussey explains how Sea Farms have collaborated with a variety of stakeholders to launch a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Japanese flying squid. Sea Farms are part of the SeaFresh Group, an SSC member.

 

With only one squid fishery in the world being MSC certified (achieved in May 2018), the term sustainability is not necessarily associated with squid – yet!

In alignment with the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), Sea Farms have made the commitment to source seafood from only responsible sources.  This means any seafood we supply to our customers, must come from a certified sustainable fishery or a fishery working towards becoming certified, typically through a fishery improvement project (FIP).

We source the popular Japanese flying (Todarodes pacificus) squid (JFS) from the trawl fishery in China, specifically in the East China and Yellow Seas.  Efforts have been underway since 2015 with the not-for-profit Ocean Outcomes (http://www.oceanoutcomes.org/what-we-do/fishery-improvement-projects/east-china-sea-and-yellow-sea-squid/) to engage the fishery and establish a FIP with the overall aim of achieving MSC certification.

Japanese flying squid, Todarodes pacificus

Work to date includes an MSC pre-assessment and scoping document for JFS within our supply chain.

Despite being short-lived and one of the most valuable commercial species, squid fisheries are often data deficient.  Japanese flying squid typically live between one to two years and migrate along the Kuroshio current. The stock is a shared resource amongst major fishing countries including China, South Korea, North Korea and Japan.

The JFS fishery faces many challenges such as lack of stock data, having a short fishing period coinciding with a lengthy summer fishing ban and a lack of traceability.  Being in China, the language barrier and the political landscape can make it difficult to navigate sustainability efforts. However, earlier this month, 3 years of hard work came to fruition when the Japanese flying squid FIP launched in Qingdao. The launch event saw four seafood companies; Sea Farms, Panapesca, Quirch Foods and Seachill collaborate and sign up to the FIP, along with Chinese processors and fishing companies, and very importantly, the China Aquatic Products Processing & Marketing Association (CAPPMA).

A variety of stakeholders involved in the FIP is essential to enable a collaborative approach for the progress of the FIP.  We now look forward to the task at hand and for the JFS fishery to eventually becoming MSC certified.

To find out more about the FIP, please visit https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/east-china-sea-and-yellow-sea-japanese-flying-squid-trawl.

Launch event in Qingdao

The Crispy Cod

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“We firmly believe in protecting the future of not only our business, but our environment itself.”

The Crispy Cod joined in October 2018

We firmly believe in protecting the future of not only our business, but our environment itself. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ideas and ways that we can promote sustainability whether it be in our packaging or produce and help educate our customers on the importance of sustainable sourcing. We firmly believe the SSC can help us hone in on our strategy and help forward our efforts in this area.

More about The Crispy Cod

The Crispy Cod was established by Mathew Williams in 2008 in Tonyrefail in Rhondda Cynon Taf. In 2017 a new store was opened in Gelli including a sit down restaurant. The fish and chip business, which has 23 members of staff, has won the following awards:

Welsh Fish and Chip shop of the Year – 2012, 2013.
Young Fish Frier of the Year – Ryan Hughes – Winner – 2016, Finalist – 2015
Fish & Chips Quality Award – 2015, 2016

For more information visit their website.

 

Offshore Shellfish

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“The SSC provides the ideal platform to project our values to the marketplace.”

Offshore Shellfish Ltd. joined in August 2018

“We cultivate mussels on ropes in one of the first large scale fully offshore farms. We work in harmony with the natural environment, which provides our mussels with the food and habitat they need to grow in the open sea, 6 miles away from the coast. The offshore location enables us to cultivate the mussels at low densities, while also providing habitat and safe refuge for many other types of sea life. Pre-development studies and continued independent monitoring ensure we maintain and improve the quality of our environment. The Sustainable Seafood Coalition provides the ideal platform to project these values to the marketplace.”

More about Offshore Shellfish

Offshore Shellfish, based in Brixham, is a family run business founded by John and Nicki Holmyard, who have been farming mussels for 30 years. The offshore farms were started in 2013 in Lyme Bay, Devon, and promise to be the largest in Europe once fully developed. BAP certified annual mussel production will rise to 10,000 tones, with employee numbers increasing from 17 to 70.

For more information visit their website.

 

Call for foodservice businesses to source seafood responsibly

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We’re inviting foodservice businesses to join the drive to make 100% of seafood sold in the UK sustainable. Customers can struggle with confusing claims and inconsistent labelling, so the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) has written workable Codes of Conduct for the whole industry to get behind.

Around 75% of all seafood sold through supermarkets in the UK already comes from retailers signed up to the coalition. However, only a small percentage of foodservice companies or caterers have signed up.

The foodservice sector has massive purchasing power in terms of British seafood. It accounts for around a third of all seafood volume in the UK. These businesses are responsible for seafood is served in restaurants, high-street shops, schools, hospitals, care homes and other public institutions across Britain.

We’ve written more about this issue in The Caterer. You can read the full version here.

Image: Kerry Solan

The Happy Prawn Co.

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“We aim not to just put great seafood on the table, but also to build a healthier future for our oceans.”

The Happy Prawn Co. joined in October 2017

“Through our products, we actively seek to promote responsible farming methods and encourage sound aquaculture practice. At the heart of our business, we aim not to just put great seafood on the table, but also to build a healthier future for our oceans through conservation projects and to protect the livelihoods of our farmers and their respective communities. It is for this reason we have joined the SSC, as we see a like-minded organisation that shares our vision.”

More about The Happy Prawn Co.

The Happy Prawn Co. are producers of Indonesian Black Tiger prawns, which are farmed responsibly in extensive ponds using traditional methods handed down through the generations, without the use of chemicals, antibiotics and artificial feed.

In 2016, they enrolled onto the GAA iBAP programme (Mangrove Group Farm), through which their group of farms will be audited for responsible aquaculture practices.

For more information visit their website.

 

Seafresh Group

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“By joining the SSC, we will be contributing to driving positive change.”

Seafresh Group joined in January 2018

“Whether our products originate from fisheries or aquaculture, our goal is to select and develop supply sources that are well managed and achieve independent certifications that confirm their responsible management and sustainability. We are committed to providing transparency throughout our supply chains and ensuring they are slavery free.

We believe that by joining the SSC, we will be contributing to driving positive change. We understand the magnitude of challenges facing the industry and it is by collaboration and initiatives such as the SSC voluntary code of conduct that provide a platform by which to bring about real and lasting change.”

More about Seafresh Group

Seafresh Group produces and distributes seafood products, specialising in shellfish and in particular shrimp.

With over 3,000 employees, the Seafresh group comprises of: Seafresh Industry in Thailand, Sea Farms UK, Blue Earth Foods (UK), Sea Farms USA, Belize Aquaculture, and Sea Farms Nutrition (UK).

In 2018, Seafresh Industry was awarded a Sustainability Award of Honour by the Stock Exchange of Thailand for the best performance in its category for 3 consecutive years.

For more information visit our website.

Fowey Shellfish Co.

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“Being a part of an organisation such as the SSC helps us to assess what we are doing, when and why; and to better plan where we can be doing things better in future.”

Fowey Shellfish Co. joined in December 2017

“We understand that sustainability and traceability of our products are as important to our customers as their quality. Aquaculture, managed correctly, has the potential to become one of the main sources of natural protein for our growing population. Being a part of an organisation such as the SSC helps us to assess what we are doing, when and why; and to better plan where we can be doing things better in future.”

More about Fowey Shellfish Co.

We are a Cornish aquaculture business, founded in 1995, growing and harvesting live blue mussels in St Austell bay. Our produce is sold into local wholesale fish merchants as well as direct to the restaurant trade. We are a team of 6 working off two aquaculture vessels and a processing plant on our jetty.

For more information visit our website.