Sustainability Ensuring the Future of Seafood & Our Oceans

Sustainability

At Chefs Trading®, we know sustainability starts at the source. That’s why we seek to partner only with well-managed marine fisheries and farms and establish Fishery Improvement Projects to ensure the on-going sustainability of the industry as a whole.

Chefs Trading is passionate about selling only the highest quality seafood. Part of that commitment to quality is ensuring the continued balance and success of the ecosystems from which our products come.

 

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

We know well-managed marine fisheries and fish farms are integral to the sustainability of the seafood industry and the habitats that support it. That’s why we seek to established Fishery Improvement Projects with our suppliers.

Fishery Improvement Projects combine monetary support with access to professional resources that can help individual fisheries learn about and put into place best practices for sustainability.

Through strategic planning, responsible management and the on-going education of sustainable practices at the operational and work-force levels, we can help ensure that fresh seafood is available now and in the future. 

Target 75

Target 75 logoChefs Trading is proud to say that we have been and will continue to encourage and support efforts toward sustainability and socially responsibility as we continue to contribute to this initiative we encourage. Everyone from all stakeholders and even the consumers to join in the fight and support efforts such as SFP's Target 75 Initiative.

If every business that buys seafood sent a clear message to their supplier that they wanted their seafood to be from sources that are either sustainable or working towards sustainability (for instance, through fishery improvement projects) then we could achieve the 75% transformation very quickly. The message would go down the supply chain and the producers would have the market incentive to adopt more sustainable practices.

Ultimately, T75 is a vehicle for industry to build the pressure for sustainable seafood until it becomes irresistible. By publicly supporting T75, a business is sending a clear message that it is serious about sustainable seafood and that it is taking practical steps to achieve that goal. If producers understand that a critical part of their customer base is demanding sustainability, they will take action through fishery improvement projects to deliver the necessary change.

 

How Can You Help?

It’s not enough to simply give lip service to sustainability. Our quality guarantee mandates that we put our money where our mouths are, quite literally, in two ways.

Every single purchase from Chefs Trading can help make a difference. When you place your order, you’ll be given the opportunity to add a donation at checkout. Choose from a set amount or a percentage of your total order, and Chefs Trading will add that to our FIP fund.

When you buy from Chefs Trading, you are purchasing and consuming seafood that has been harvested and prepared via responsible and legal means. And we can prove it.

COSTA RICA FIP


Chefs Trading began talks with NGO’s, producers, exporters and our USA supply chain in April 2015 in Costa Rica. This initiative has now aligned with the National Sustainable Fishery Platform in Costa Rica under different working groups that are all working together to move the Tuna, Swordfish and Mahi fishery in Costa Rica toward more sustainable fishing practices and eventual MSC certification.

 

With the support of Trinity Seafood, Seattle Fish Co. and others, our inudstry-led FIP funding model is now included in the National Sustainable Fishery Platform, forming the market support group. We will continue to help support positive changes toward sustainability in our supply chain while also offering our clients completely traceable FIP products.

 

For more info on how you can help support traceable FIP products in your supply chain contact us at info@chefstrading.com or 1-844-257-0959. For more complete information on the progress of this FIP, please visit FisheryProgress.org.

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Chefs Trading is a member of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Large Pelagics (EPOLP) Supply Chain Roundtable (SR). Formed in 2015, the EPOLP fisheries are multi-species and include an array of highly migratory species such as tuna, billfishes, sharks, mahi-mahi, and jacks. These fisheries share both management and environmental challenges that make them a global conservation priority. The EPOLP Supplier Roundtable focuses on influencing regional policy, promoting local FIPs to ensure best fishing practices, and encourage alignment across the entire fleet. Visit SustainableFish.org to learn more.

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Chefs Trading is a participant in the Center for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca) Mexican Grouper/Snapper FIP. CeDePesca is a Latin American non-governmental organization non-profit, with representation and projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina. The team works with the fishing sector by promoting best practices in management, research and exploitation in order to ensure sustainable and responsible use of resources. CeDePesca run fisheries improvement projects in several countries in Latin America. Visit CeDePesca.net for more information.

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Chefs Trading is a supplier member of FishChoice, an organization committed to creating solutions that accelerate sustainability in the global seafood industry. A registered 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit founded in 2008, FishChoice creates tools and provides resources that make it easier for businesses to buy and sell sustainable seafood. By collaborating with both  leading sustainable seafood programs and leaders in the industry, FishChoice advances sustainability in the global seafood industry.