It is our company policy to source all our fish from sustainable and well managed fisheries or from responsibly farmed aqua culture operation.
Harvest Seafoods considers that the key to making any decision is to balance all available facts and to engage with non government organisations and conservation groups.
For fish to be termed sustainable it must meet the following criteria:-
- Be a species that is not regarded as threatened or endangered
- Be caught from a well managed fishery with scientifically based quotas
- Be caught using responsible fishing methods
- Be fully traceable from catch to consumer
Harvest Seafoods will not supply any fish where there is a consensus that the fish is endangered or under threat.
Harvest Seafoods does accept 3rd party certification i.e. Marine Stewardship Council as evidence of sustainability but such schemes are insufficient to cover the full fanged of fish required by the catering sector.
Suppliers of Harvest Seafoods must demonstrate a high level of trace ability that eradicates illegally caught fish entering the supply chain.
The supply of fully traceable seafood is vital to the management of diminishing wild fish stocks and current issues with illegally caught fish. Due to the increased consumer demand.
Harvest Seafoods uses the least environmentally damaging methods it can for each species. Environmental damage may be Physical (destruction of habitat), or ecological (high by catch or fuel consumption).
Fisheries used in the company must be able to demonstrate sustainable management of stock through effective quotas based on scientific advice and stock assessments. There should be provision for zone closure to allow protection of spawning and nursery grounds.
Our selected farms are situated far from any natural salmon rivers, meaning there is no impact from or on wild salmon and trout populations and that underwater cameras are fitted and used so as to allow the farmer to monitor any feed falling to the seabed that may cause pollution. The farmer can then stop feeding the fish when he can see that feeding is slowing up on a six monthly basis the farmer will arrange for a survey to be carried our on the seabed around the site so as to monitor the richness of the environment.
Harvest Seafoods is now focused on ensuring that all its seafood is caught using the most responsible fishing methods available and is looking at other projects to increase the minimum size of its fish, reduce fuel costs and a reduction of waste.