A sustainable fisheries policy enables us to monitor the survivability of seafood species while supporting economic prosperity. This means balancing fish stocks and healthy marine environments, while promoting prosperous fisheries.
What are sustainable fisheries?
Sustainable fisheries allow us to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. This type of fishery is sustainable indefinitely, does not reduce the species' ability to reproduce at appropriate levels, and has no negative impact on other plant and animal species (including humans).
What are the main environmental issues related to fishing and what are the possible solutions?
The main environmental issues are overfishing and the ecological impacts related to the fishing techniques used. There are solutions for each of these issues and it is the goal of Metro's policy to promote these solutions.
Principles of the policy
Metro's sustainable fisheries policy aims at providing 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 opinions 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 species-specific diagnoses, based on the latest facts and scientific reports. Metro will also regularly seek out independent scientific opinions.