A Commitment
to Our Oceans,
Our Future
and You!

Shop Sustainably Sourced Seafood

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Responsible and sustainably sourced seafood is our priority. We work each day to advance our practices and to make sure suppliers meet requirements that promote the health of our oceans and waterways.

That’s our commitment to you, future generations and our entire planet.

BAP Certified

We’re a Top 5 Sustainable Seafood Supermarket

Greenpeace ranked Giant Eagle among the top five major U.S. grocery retailers for socially responsible sourcing in their 2018 Carting Away the Oceans report.

Our dedication to improving policies, initiatives and transparency helped us jump more than 10 spots since 2017. More importantly, it helps make it easier for you to shop sustainably.

Ethical Canned Tuna Policy

We’re one of the first U.S. grocers to develop an Ethical Canned Tuna Policy. It’s our goal to source GMO- and BPA-free tuna exclusively from healthy, well-managed fisheries using environmentally and socially responsible methods for harvesting and bycatch reduction.

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Gulf of Mexico Shrimp

We only purchase from forward-thinking fleets that go above and beyond to protect the Gulf. Fishermen that sell to us must have signed Conservation Covenants promising to take steps such as using the best gear to reduce the catch of other species.

Sustainability Guidelines

We strive to protect all species for generations to come. That’s why we hold ourselves and our suppliers accountable for following strict sustainability guidelines so you can enjoy fresh and frozen seafood you trust.

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Our Partners

  • Greenpeace is a global organization that seeks solutions to environmental issues.

  • Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
  • We're proud to work with this nonprofit to create a sustainable sourcing strategy for our wild and farmed seafood.

  • Best Aquaculture Practices
  • We’re also proud to have earned Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) four star certification on farm-raised salmon, tilapia and shrimp. The BAP program is administered by the Global Seafood Alliance (GSA), an international nonprofit organization who works to advance responsible seafood practices through advocacy, education and demonstration. A BAP four star designation means the product was certified at every step of the process, including the processing plant, farm, hatchery and feed mill.

How We’re Helping

Our seafood buyers are passionate about making sure you feel good about the seafood you take home from Giant Eagle. We follow deeply held principles for responsible fishery management and long-term sustainability:

  • Limiting stock depletion by sourcing a broad variety of species
  • Choosing species based on responsible fishery practices and customer demand
  • Forging partnerships that allow direct access to fishermen

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Going Domestic

The U.S. boasts some of the best-managed fisheries in the world. We’re proud to source species like salmon, cod, shrimp and walleye from fisheries in Alaska, the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie. Our efforts drive local economies and ensure the future bounty of these waters.

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

Farm Raised vs. Wild Caught

The type of environment — whether natural or man-made — can play a major part in how sustainable, ethical and healthy your seafood is.

We support all Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) certification standards for farm-raised and wild-harvested seafood, and only sell products that were sourced sustainably. You can be confident you’re getting seafood that aligns with your values.

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Farm Raised

All farm-raised seafood we sell is certified by a third party to ensure it doesn’t negatively impact workers, the environment or your health.

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Wild Caught

Suppliers must show that their products meet our Sustainable Seafood Requirement. If they can’t provide evidence, they must obtain verification from a third party.

How to Shop for Eco-Friendly Seafood

We know it’s not easy. There’s an ocean of information to wade through in search of the safest, most sustainable seafood. You want to make the best decisions for your family. And, we want to make it easy to find products you trust. So, we’re also happy to offer a few tips to follow on your own.

Stay Informed
Ask us any questions you have about our policies and initiatives. And, stay up to date on the latest news through reliable sources.

Ask Our Experts
If you’re buying fresh seafood in-store, talk to our Team Members to learn about where it’s from. Our Seafood Buying Team are active members of the FMI Sustainable Seafood Working Group

Look for Logos
Check packaging for certifications and country of origin. Remember, some sources are more reliable than others.

Rich Castle

Meet Rich Castle, Seafood Director

Our Seafood Sustainability Program was developed and put into action by Rich, a Giant Eagle Team Member for 40 years. Here’s a small sample of the work he does:

  • Participated in sustainability roundtable discussions with top retailers, industry professionals and environmental experts from around the globe.
  • Spoke with fishery suppliers at the 2015 SeaWeb Seafood Sustainability Summit and met with Greenpeace to discuss sustainability.
  • Attended the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership conference.
  • Met with government officials in Thailand to discuss responsible sourcing.
  • Wrote letters to government councils and officials asking for stricter regulations and habitat protection.