Florida company's new traceability policy "raises the bar" for seafood distributors
Florida-based Sea Delight has released a new policy on traceability that reflects the company’s commitment to improving transparency along the supply chains it sources from as well as along those across the industry at large, it announced on 2 November.
The new protocol works in tandem with Sea Delight’s Sustainable Seafood Policy, and will be applicable to all seafood that the company purchases. The latest policy combines commitments to both traceability and social responsibility, and underscores the importance of improving the company’s business practices to allow for more robust tracking of product information throughout the supply chains it engages with, according to Sea Delight.
“This is such an exciting moment for our company,” said Adriana Sanchez, sustainability director at Sea Delight, in a news release. “We are setting an industry-leading precedent among North American seafood distributors by publically committing to work towards best practices in traceability, address critical issues such as legality and social responsibility, and engage our supply chain partners in collaborative and long-lasting improvements.”
The Traceability Policy highlights key partnerships Sea Delight has forged with the World Wildlife Fund and FishWise. The policy is informed by Sea Delight’s efforts to incorporate on-the-ground traceability improvements in fishery improvement projects (FIPs) with WWF, its engagements in multi-stakeholder dialogues on the topic of seafood traceability, and the work the company has done to educate employees, suppliers and customers about the importance of sustainability and traceability.
“Sea Delight has proven itself as a leader in sustainable seafood,” said William Wall, Distributor Division Director at FishWise. “Their new traceability policy represents a significant step forward for the company and raises the bar for seafood distributors everywhere in terms of progressive seafood traceability commitments.”
Future endeavors on the docket for next year for Sea Delight include:
- Improve data collection by building upon work underway with snapper, grouper, tuna, mahi-mahi, and swordfish supply chains;
- Work to ensure effective implementation of traceability measures in three fishery improvement project (FIP) supply chains that Sea Delight sources from;
- Encourage collaboration within the seafood industry to promote alignment of traceability systems and solutions;
- Track important emerging topics in seafood related to traceability, anti-illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) measures, and social responsibility.
Track Sea Delight’s progress with regard to these pending initiatives and traceability here: http://www.sea-delight.com/traceability.html