Sustainable Seafood

Giant Eagle® is committed to providing a wide variety of the freshest and highest quality seafood while being good stewards of the marine environment and fisheries around the world.
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We recognize that by sourcing seafood responsibly, we can help protect the environment and the food supply for future generations. Sustainable seafood can be defined as seafood that is raised, harvested or caught in a manner that protects the population of the target species and its environment for the future. To achieve this goal, we will favor suppliers that share the same ideals and strive to raise and harvest seafood in a sustainable manner.

Giant Eagle only purchases from forward thinking fleets that are committed to going above and beyond to improve the fishery’s impact on the environment and to be stewards of the Gulf’s resources. Vessels that sell to Giant Eagle must have signed Conservation Covenants reflecting the additional, voluntary steps that the fishermen take to ensure ongoing conservation improvement in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries. For example, the nature of catching shrimp in large nets results in other species of marine fish and wildlife getting caught as well. Our fleets are randomly audited to ensure they are properly using the best available gear to reduce the catch of other species. Many of our vessels use new technologies such as lighter gears to reduce their overall environmental impact.

The Following Represent some of Our Guiding Principles in the Sustainable Sourcing of Seafood:

  • Leverage the expertise of conservation organizations and fisheries experts such as the World Wildlife Fund and National Fisheries Institute to assist us in making buying decisions.
  • Accept only seafood that is labeled with legally required information and never knowingly purchase illegal, unregulated or unreported seafood.
  • Choose supply partners that:
    • Engage in and are committed to sustainable practices.
    • Are transparent in their chain of custody of product.
    • Are independently audited and certified by credible conservation organizations.
    • Harvest wild seafood responsibly to prevent depletion of the species and protect natural ecosystems.
  • Focus on labeling our seafood with credible certification logos to assist customers in making sustainable buying decisions.
  • Maintain transparency and share information to support understanding and trust in our sustainable seafood sourcing practices.

Our Commitment to You

We're proud to announce we will be working with the nonprofit Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) to create a sustainable sourcing strategy for our wild and farmed seafood.Giant Eagle is committed to providing a wide variety of the freshest and highest quality seafood while being good stewards of the marine environment and fisheries around the world, Giant Eagle Seafood Director Rich Castle said in a release, "Our partnership with SFP will help us ensure that we source our seafood responsibly, and protect the environment and the food supply for future generations. We look forward to delivering actionable next steps on how we can further improve our seafood procurement strategy in the coming months."

We Label Our Seafood with Credible Certification Logos to Assist You in Making Sustainable Buying Choices:

Alaska SeafoodAlaska Seafood is our provider of wild, natural fish and is recognized as one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world.

 

Seafood TrustAs far as farm-raised fish go, we carry salmon that is certified to Seafood Trust standards. The Seafood Trust Eco Standards require that establishments be managed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner. This means that our farm-raised salmon live in waters indigenous to their species. In fact, our Atlantic salmon is raised in the Canadian Bay of Fundy, which has the largest tidal swings of any bay in the world (this helps keep the water fresh and clean).

Ultimately, the Standards aim to ensure that Eco-labeled Seafood continues to be produced from a pristine quality environment in a sustainable, low impact and responsible manner.

Best Aquaculture PracticesOur farm-raised tilapia is certified by Best Aquaculture Practices, whose standards address environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability of farms and hatcheries In short, our suppliers do everything they can to reduce the impact of farming on marine environment.

We're dedicated to the improvement of the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries:

Giant Eagle only purchases from forward thinking fleets that are committed to going above and beyond to improve the fishery's impact on the environment and to be stewards of the Gulf's resources.

Vessels that sell to Giant Eagle must have signed Conservation Covenants reflecting the additional, voluntary steps that the fishermen take to ensure ongoing conservation improvement in the Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries.

For example, the nature of catching shrimp in large nets results in other species of marine fish and wildlife getting caught as well. Our fleets are randomly audited to ensure they are properly using the best available gear to reduce the catch of other species.

Many of our vessels use new technologies such as lighter gears to reduce their overall environmental impact.