Stop & Shop announced on Monday that it’s strengthening its partnership with the New England Aquarium in an effort to improve its sustainable seafood purchasing policy.
The retailer, which operates 360-plus stores throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, sent a team of seafood buyers and a New England Aquarium shrimp specialist to Thailand and Indonesia to meet with its shrimp vendors. The purpose of the trip was to identify best practices so that Stop & Shop can apply them to all of its shrimp vendors.
“We realized that we needed to better understand where we stand with our full seafood effort in order to make more of a positive impact,” said Tracy Taylor, Stop & Shop’s senior seafood buyer.
“We want to continue to offer the variety of seafood choices that our customers want to purchase,” added Taylor. “But in order to do that we need to work with our vendor partners in the seafood industry to encourage sustainable fishing and aquaculture practices. The New England Aquarium has become an effective ally in helping us achieve those goals by working with us and the industry to establish benchmarks and best practices going forward.”
Through its parent Ahold USA, Stop & Shop has had a relationship with the New England Aquarium for a few years. As part of its sustainable seafood purchasing policy, the retailer no longer sells Chilean sea bass, orange roughy and shark due to overfishing concerns.