High Liner makes sustainability pledge

One of North America’s largest value-added frozen seafood companies has pledged to purchase fish from only sustainable and responsible sources by the end of 2013.

Nova Scotia-based High Liner Foods on Monday announced that all its wild and farmed seafood must be either certified, or on a path toward being sustainable and capable of showing measurable progress, by the end of 2013, making it one of the first major seafood companies to set such a goal.

For fisheries not under assessment by the Marine Stewardship Council, High Liner will ensure that they are responsible fisheries, meaning they must use best-in-class methodologies to demonstrate improvements in fishing practices.

In addition, all uncertified sources working with the company must have undergone an independent evaluation and enter a third-party assessment program such as MSC, Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices program or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.

“High Liner Foods is committed to our goal of doing business only with suppliers who share our vision of sourcing seafood responsibly, and with a dedication to environmental stewardship to ensure that our natural resources are available for generation to follow,” said High Liner President of CEO Henry Demone. “This proactive, ongoing effort will include engaging with our suppliers in projects that make the long-term viability of these farms and fisheries possible.”

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