Sustainable Fisheries Development: Our wild capture standards
What’s the issue?
Global fisheries productions are under strain due to illegal fishing or overfishing. EU Fisheries are also overfished and recent reforms of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) have yet to take effect. In addition, some catching methods have been challenged because they catch non-target species, and this by-catch is often wasted. In some cases catching methods can also damage the marine ecosystem.
What’s our approach?
Our approach is to operate a Forever Food Together standard for all fish, which must meet a ‘responsibly sourced and prepared’ status by 2020.
For over 15 years, Iglo Group has led the drive in sustainable fisheries development standards with the aim of generating productive fisheries for the long term using three strategies to achieve our 2020 goals.
- Use of the UN Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries to reference guide on how to source our fish responsibly. We thus do not accept any fish that is IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) or that comes from overfished stocks. All of our wild-caught fish is responsibly sourced with full traceability to the point of capture.
- Lobby and work with fisheries management organizations and policymakers to adopt the FAO Code principles.
- Drive fisheries to participate in certification schemes that verify a responsibly managed and more sustainable status. Currently, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard best meets our fisheries certification scheme criteria.
Iglo now has more MSC-certified fish products in more countries than any other food manufacturing brand across Europe.