Today we unveiled our new tuna sourcing policy, going further with our commitment to sustainable fishing and extending these expectations to the brands we stock too.
As well as being pole and line caught, our tuna comes from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries or those part of a fisheries improvement project (FIP). We’ve extended this policy to include all branded canned tuna, meaning branded canned tuna stocked in Co-op Food has to be in a fisheries improvement project by the end of the year.
These schemes are independently checked and bring together the fishing industry, researchers and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to ensure fish stocks are sustainably managed and fisheries do not negatively impact the marine environment.
Our members and customers are rightly concerned about fish stocks and the methods used to catch fish. We’ve been a leader in sustainable tuna sourcing but have now extended our commitments.
We are also setting out clear expectations for branded tuna suppliers because of concern from our customers and members about protecting tuna fisheries for future generations.
We’re not alone, our key branded tuna suppliers had this to say:
“Achieving long-term tuna sustainability is an ongoing priority for our business. Since July 2016, we’ve had a public commitment to sourcing our tuna from fisheries that are Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified or in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) with the objective of MSC certification.”
Princes Corporate Relations Director
“We welcome the Co-op’s extended tuna commitment which mirrors that of John West, and we are pleased to confirm that all of our supply to the Co-op will meet its new sustainability commitments and deadline. Through our investment in Fishery Improvement Projects, which aims to bring fisheries up to the standard required for MSC certification, we are focused on increasing the supply of sustainable tuna for retailers and consumer alike.”
Managing Director of John West Foods Ltd
You can find out more about our approach to responsible fishing at our website.
Head of Food Policy