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