Sustainability. A word which is becoming more and more frequently used as we continue to understand our impact on the planet and the environment around us. Within the past year the sustainability of our Oceans has made its way into public consciousness, and now more than ever, we want to celebrate the accomplishments of Ocean sustainability. This week is The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Sustainable Seafood Week, and we are taking this time to highlight the amazing conservation efforts of one of our seafood suppliers and MSC award winners, The Stickleback Fish Company Ltd.
The Stickleback Fish Company is a wholesale independent seafood supplier based in Hertfordshire who have a goal reduce their carbon footprint and to protect the natural environment and seafood stocks for future generations. They do this by providing a selection of fresh and frozen fish from MSC sustainable sources, following the MSC guidelines on which fish to source and which to avoid depending on what’s in season and in abundance. Ensuring sustainability of fishing stocks is essential for millions of people who live in coastal communities, particularly as the World’s population is growing.
All suppliers they work with provide full traceability and have achieved the MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard, ensuring all MSC certified products are kept separate to non-MSC certified product. The Stickleback Fish Company were also the first independent winner of the MSC UK Fresh Fish Foodservice supplier of the year award in 2020 which shows their commitment to sustainability. MSC certification is given to businesses that adhere to strict scientific sustainable practices assessed to a high standard, measuring the impacts of a supply chain on ecosystems and wild fish populations, and ensuring that such impacts are minimal and not damaging to the wider environment.
MSC requires fisheries to improve continuously, using innovative technologies to make sure they continue to reach best practice in sustainability. Within their operations, Stickleback Fish have prevented over 70 tonnes of waste heading to landfill per year, reducing their total waste going to landfill to under 2%. They have taken steps to fully recycle their materials by purchasing a polystyrene crusher, as well as improving their electricity consumption by switching to sensory activated LED lighting and renewing their refrigeration units. From mid-September 2021 they will be launching their first electric vehicle, having worked closely with Vauxhall over the past year to custom build a dual temperature controlled electric vehicle – the first of its kind in the UK.
‘At Stickleback, we are serious about our shared responsibility to protect the natural environment and seafood stocks for future generations. At such a critical time, we are taking action to support responsible sourcing. We have had a comprehensive Sustainability Policy for several years and follow the guidelines set by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and we are fully committed to offering an increasing selection of fish from MSC sustainable sources. We pride ourselves on the relationships we have with many suppliers, processors, and individual fisherman in every corner of the United Kingdom, with buyers in various port markets and importers ensuring the best quality of exotic fish.
We have made a pledge to ourselves and to our customers that we will constantly challenge how we work and what we do to reduce the impact we have on the planet. We feel offering sustainable fish and educating our customers on sustainability to make the best choices for their menus is only the start of becoming a truly sustainable company.’ – Ross Arnold, Managing Director of The Stickleback Fish Company.
At e-foods we believe it is important to support our suppliers that are paving the way in sustainable best practice. For MSC’s Sustainable Seafood week we applaud and celebrate our environmentally focussed suppliers that we take pride in working with that share our ethos of environmental conservation.
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