Sustainable seafood is seafood that meets our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Sustainable seafood requires harvesting methods and culturing techniques that respect healthy fish population levels, other species, and ecosystems as a whole.
What are the main environmental issues related to fishing and what are the possible solutions?
The two main environmental concerns related to fisheries are overfishing (when the targeted fish population is fished to the extent that it cannot replace itself through natural reproduction) and the negative ecological effects of certain fishing gears (bycatch and habitat damage). There are solutions for these issues and through Metro’s sustainable seafood policy we aim to promote fisheries employing these solutions.
Principles of the policy
Metro's sustainable fisheries policy aims to provide sustainable fresh or frozen, wild and farmed seafood to customers in Quebec and Ontario.
Metro believes that all decisions related to sustainable fisheries must be based on an objective analysis that first takes into account official scientific advise on the status of species, but also the points of view of all stakeholders (governments, NGOs and suppliers).
Update of species-specific diagnoses
Since fishing techniques, and the health of ocean species and ecosystems are constantly evolving, Metro will regularly update its recommendations, based on the latest facts and scientific reports. Metro also seeks out independent scientific opinions.