Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) and SeaChoice, Canada’s national seafood program, have formed a partnership that will make it easier for Canadians to buy seafood that promotes healthy oceans.
OFG, which operates 117 stores across 80 communities in Western Canada, is one of North America’s first grocery retailers to commit to a sustainable seafood policy.
The partnership means OFG is working with SeaChoice to develop and implement a six-point sustainability plan for the procurement and sale of seafood in its stores.
The retailer has committed to:
• offering customers sustainable seafood options and reducing procurement of unsustainable seafood
• providing transparency and traceability information on seafood products they sell
• openly collecting and sharing information regarding OFG’s sustainability practices
• educating its team members, suppliers and customers on sustainable seafood
• encouraging policymakers to improve and develop laws and regulations that support sustainability
• ensuring a sustainable future for seafood stocks
Dropping red-listed seafood
OFG dropped several red-listed products from its store shelves as part of its early efforts to implement a sustainable seafood policy. Those products include Chilean seabass, yellowfin tuna and orange roughy.
The company is working to source more seafood options for its customers that meet SeaChoice’s green list criteria.
SeaChoice, which formed in 2006, is a national program that provides science-based sustainability assessments of seafood and helps Canadian businesses and consumers make sustainable seafood choices.