Sustainable fishing is one of the cornerstones of our values as a company.
Working in partnership with our suppliers, we ensure that they fish only to a degree that allows stocks to thrive. In doing so, we strive to minimise the impact that fishing activities of our suppliers may have on marine ecosystems, benthic communities and the wider environment.
Our work is guided by clear principles and values in the areas of:
- Sustainable management of resources
- Corporate social responsibility
- Internal standards for sustainable fishing and processing
- MSC certification.
Sustainable management of resources
Fish is a gift of nature; a precious resource we must protect and nurture for present and future generations.
Three main actions enhance its well-being:
- Maintaining sustainable stocks
- Minimising our impact in the process of fishing
- Managing fisheries that can grow and thrive.
Each year, marine biologists research the development of the commercial fish stocks (spatial distribution, size composition, spawning stock biomass, recruitment etc.) and essential environmental factors (sea water temperature, inflow of warm water, sea currents, availability of phytoplankton and zooplankton etc.). Based on the results of research and the modelling of stock development, scientists arrive at a recommendation for the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of each fish stock.
In the case of fish resources in the North Atlantic (cod, haddock and some others), the scientific data for TAC is analysed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), which presents its advice for approval to the relevant management bodies.
At Ocean Trawlers, we monitor the obligations of our suppliers under national and international fisheries regulations. This is in addition to the voluntary undertakings of Ocean Trawlers and our suppliers given as part of the certification to the Sustainable Fishery Standard and the Chain of Custody Standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
(International Council for the Exploration of the Sea)
Both Ocean Trawlers and the fishing vessels of our suppliers keep detailed records of every catch: its date and time, quantity, vessel, location and subsequent quality reports. Traceability data is also kept relating to landing, storage and delivery to our customers.
Our traceability system is fully compliant with high standards and is certified to the MSC Chain of Custody Standard. Any customer with a query can simply show us the label on the master case of our fishery products. We can then access complete details about any consignment and trace it back to the fishing vessel of our supplier.