High Liner Draws Environmental Line


LUNENBURG, N.S. — With news surfacing about the fragility of our global fishery, the potential threat posed by transgenic salmon and the environmental impact of unchecked aquaculture, it’s clear past industry practices aren’t enough. Following that logic, High Liner Foods Inc. recently announced a commitment to source all seafood from certified-sustainable or responsible fisheries and aquaculture farms by the end of 2013.

“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 our natural resources are available for generations to follow,” said Henry Demone, president and CEO of High Liner Foods. “This proactive, ongoing effort will include engaging with our suppliers in projects that make the long-term viability of these farms and fisheries possible.”

More specifically, High Liner will require wild-caught seafood and farmed products be sourced from fisheries and aquaculture farms certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) program and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Otherwise, the seafood purveyors will work with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to ensure uncertified suppliers are “on a clear, defined path toward being sustainable and capable of documenting measurable improvements.”

“One of our key strategic goals is to be proactive and bring about positive change for our industry,” said Bill DiMento, corporate director of Sustainability at High Liner Foods. “We will work closely with our uncertified suppliers to drive meaningful, quantifiable changes, ensuring they are acting responsibly and are on a path to being certified sustainable.”

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