Responsible Sourcing Certifications

As an organization, we’re committed to delivering Responsibly Sourced seafood to you and your customers. Below are certifications and criteria every one of our seafood products must satisfy before it arrives in your kitchen.

Sustainability & Sourcing Guide

Certification Groups

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC is an international non-profit organization addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguarding seafood supplies for the future. Using their fisheries certification and seafood labelling program, the MSC works with partners to promote sustainable fishing and transform markets.

Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)

GAA's mission is to promote responsible aquaculture practices through education, advocacy, and demonstration. For over 20 years, they have demonstrated their commitment to feeding the world through responsible and sustainable aquaculture.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)

The ASC is an independent, international non-profit organization that manages the world’s leading certification and labelling program for responsible aquaculture.

Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)

BAP is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive, and proven third-party aquaculture certification program. We’ve been improving the environmental, social and economic performance of the aquaculture supply chain and growing the global supply of responsibly farmed seafood since 2002.

Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP)

An AIP is an alliance of producers, processors, suppliers, and buyers working together to address sustainability issues in a fish- (or shrimp-) farming zone. The zone may be a common water input/discharge source (canal, river, aquifer, or reservoir); a government-designated administrative division such as a development plan area or “park”; and/or a geographic feature such as an island, valley, or coastal area.

Responsibly sourced for wild caught species, including shellfish, must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Responsibly sourced for aquaculture species, including shellfish, must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) BAP approved (1–4 star rated)
  • or, is Global GAP certified
  • or, is Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified
  • or, is in Full ASC Assessment
  • or, is in a credible and publicly documented aquaculture improvement project (AIP) that has a detailed work plan that includes goals with timelines and reporting of milestones referenced on and/or
  • or, is OceanWise “Recommended”
  • or, is rated “Green” or “Yellow” by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program

Sustainability Report

Explore the latest report detailing the ways in which we work to ensure our procurement, production, and distribution of seafood is good for our planet and for the people employed by our industry. We’ve put sustainable practices at the very heart of our business and, in this report, we share what we’re doing to make life better for all.

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