At CH&Co Group, we work to a responsible seafood sourcing strategy. CH&Co Group suppliers’ must only source fish from fisheries or farmed aquaculture operations that are responsibly managed.

CH&Co Group recognises a number of independent third parties standards for wild caught fish including the Marine Conservation Society.

CH&Co Group have eliminated all products which are rated 5 (fishes to avoid) from Good Fish Guide.

To be termed 'responsible' at CH&Co Group, our fish must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a species that is not regarded as threatened or endangered
  • Be caught using responsible fishing methods
  • Be caught from a well -managed fishery or responsible farmed aquaculture
  • Be fully traceable from catch to consumer
  • Be farmed under conditions that maximize the health & wellbeing of the fish
  • Be farmed under well managed conditions that ensure the long term sustainable future of the environment and community

CH&Co Group are members of the Responsible Fishing Scheme, the scheme has been developed to raise standards in the catching sector, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood. The RFS is the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including ethical and welfare criteria.

Our Suppliers

Ch&Co Group suppliers sign up to the following independent third party standards:

  • Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI); The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe
  • The Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) is the first ever cross-industry group in the UK to tackle seafood sustainability. They are united in a vision for sustainable seafood and have pledged to work together to achieve this
  • BLUE Marine Foundation exists to fix the largest solvable problem on the planet - the crisis in the oceans. It aims to help protect 10% of the Oceans by 2020 delivered through a network of marine reserves and private sector led solutions in the sea and by establishing the appropriate legal and political frameworks to ensure long-term marine protection.
  • The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) operates a certification and labeling program based around scientifically robust and globally credible standards that assess whether fish farms are operating responsibly


Fishing methods

Ch&Co Group suppliers must ensure that fish are caught using fishing methods that minimize by-catch of vulnerable fish and non-targeted fish species, causing minimal impact on habitats and non-targeted species such as coral, sea birds and marine mammals. We support fishing practices that minimize discards and avoid the capture of immature and undersize fish.

Traceability and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

We only sell fish that is responsibly caught, meaning not only better quality fish but also secure fish stocks for generations to come.

Suppliers of Ch&Co Group fish must demonstrate a high level of traceability for all its fish and seafood. Traceability, as well as providing food safety, helps to minimize the risk of illegally caught fish entering the Ch&Co Group supply chain. This as an essential step in preventing this criminal activity that causes serious economic losses, undermines conservation efforts in fisheries and damages the food security of nations and individuals.

Aquaculture policies

We strongly believe that taking care of the welfare of our farmed fish is what ensures our quality of the fish we sell. Sustainability and due protection of the environment are paramount. Our farmed fish buying policy supports the development of sustainable aquaculture, focusing on high standards of animal welfare and minimizing the impact on the environment and delicate marine ecosystems.

Our sourcing policy covers 4 key areas, including only sourcing fish from known and approved farms, rearing fish to the highest animal welfare using responsible feeds and feeding regimes, and respecting the environment.

CH&Co Group recognizes a number of independent third party standards for farmed fish including Global Gap certification, Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture practice for farmed fish, Aquaculture Stewardship Council and Organic standards.

Bill Toner - CEO
5th June 2020