Our Commitment Runs Deep™

Export Packers Company Limited Sustainability Policy

What sustainability means to us

Preservation is the only way to guarantee the future of the environment and our oceans. As leaders in the fish and seafood industry, it is especially important to play a guiding role.

Our sustainability policy is how we make preservation a reality. It’s practical so we can set achievable goals, and it’s relevant so we can contribute in a meaningful way.

For us, sustainability is a simple commitment: We will only procure and sell fish and seafood caught using methods that protect the long-term health of our oceans and their inhabitants, or farmed in a way that does not have a negative impact on our environment. Sustainability is doing what’s possible – and doing what’s right.

How we put our commitment into action

You can trust that an Export Packers product is sustainable because we only sell or procure abundant species that are robust in numbers – species resilient to over-fishing, based on science and facts endorsed by recognized industry experts.  We have partnered with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), OceanWise, Global Aquaculture Alliance/Best Aquaculture Practices (GAA/BAP), SeaChoice and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), recognized as industry leaders in sustainability.  And every possible step is taken to avoid fish acquired through illegal, unreported or unregulated catches.

A traceable “chain of custody” means the journey from the ocean to your dinner table is documented. Export Packers is working towards achieving traceability on all of our fish and seafood.

Where we stand on wild-caught species

Because of the nature of our business, we rely on suppliers for wild-caught species. In matters of sustainability, a great deal depends on their commitment. We choose like-minded partners who incorporate fishing techniques that minimize the number of unwanted species caught in nets by accident. And they support fishing techniques that pose the least risk to the environment.

Where we stand on farmed fish and seafood

Of course, fish farming – also known as aquaculture – is a critical source of fish and seafood. And it gets more important to the industry as years go by. But here, too, sustainability must be held up as a standard. We help establish and promote that standard by making sustainability a factor when choosing business partners. In other words, we only support farms with recognized third-party certification.

How we turn the tide

When species are identified as being at great risk, we are committed to identifying a feasible alternative.  Sometimes this means sourcing the fish from suppliers who use fishing methods that are not as disruptive to the environment, choosing fish that has been caught in locations where quantities are not at risk of overfishing or offering an alternative specie to our customers.