At BJ’s we understand that the phrase “Seafood Sustainability” has come to be a bit of a vague term, with that in mind we wanted to define how we look at Sustainability as part of our “BJ’s Seafood Partnership.”
We are creating a constantly evolving program that recognizes the roles that our partnership has with our: environment, buyers, suppliers, and Members. Our goal is to continue to provide safe, quality seafood at an excellent value for years to come without compromise. We recognize that as a large volume buyer of seafood products, we are in a unique position to help protect our oceans and waterways and the seafood it provides us. We want to use the knowledge and technology of all of our partners to make sure that we choose to offer items that have the smallest impact on the long-term health of our water’s ecosystems.
To help us reach our goals, we have committed to a strategy that promotes the long-term sustainability of seafood supplies by improving fisheries and fish farms. In developing this strategy, BJ’s is working with the non-profit organization, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) www.sustainablefish.org. They are helping us to evaluate our products and suppliers against the newest science and best industry practices to engage in constant improvement.
In partnership with our suppliers, our goal is to help ensure they are doing what is right for the environment, and if necessary help them get on the correct path. If, however, our suppliers are unable to make improvements after a reasonable timeline, we will seek out new suppliers.
We will also be using fisheries that create products that adhere to strong standards such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) www.msc.org for wild captured seafood and Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) www.gaalliance.org for aquaculture (farmed) seafood. We are also in the process of complete transparency in the traceability of our seafood products to their source, while continuing to source from fisheries and fish farms that reduce the impact of fishing on the other marine life and habitats.
All of this will allow us to meet our goal of not offering any fresh or frozen seafood species by 2014 that does not meet our criteria (or as fast as science and technology will get us there).
Q. Why is BJ’s working on a Sustainable Seafood Partnership?
Q. Does this only apply to fresh fish?
Q. Will Sustainable Seafood Cost More?
Q. How will you monitor fisheries/suppliers?
Q. What are you looking for in “wild caught” seafood?
Q. What are you looking for in “farmed” fish (aquaculture)?
Q. Why don’t you have the MSC Label or color-coded labels on your products?
Q. Is shelf-stable fish (i.e., tuna, salmon, etc.) also covered under this partnership?