What We’re Doing
Fixing the problems.
We’ve developed and implemented a three-phase program designed to continually work through and resolve the issues that impact sustainability in the industry.
- Phase 1: Research and collect sustainability data for products sold in our fresh Seafood department.
- Phase 2: Evaluate the results and prioritize species of concern.
- Phase 3: Implement improvement projects and continuously measure our impact to identified species. Determine how to help improve any issues we find at fisheries; if this isn’t possible, look for a new source or stop selling that fish in our stores until the issues are resolved.
Unlike other programs, we do not believe that change can happen by avoiding products. In a worldwide industry such as seafood, change is truly driven by supporting the industry as it works through the issues of concern regarding sustainability.
Seafood sustainability is an effort that must be championed not just within our company, but also throughout the industry. Sustainability initiatives—like the one implemented by Publix and our partners—will advance through global unified efforts, strong partnerships with a common vision, and the support of the seafood industry.
Knowledge is the first step toward change. We’ve committed to conducting training for our associates as well as making consumers aware of the role we all play, so everyone can make informed choices.
Transporting and packaging.
Starting in 2014, we reduced frozen seafood deliveries by over 50% and made changes to our packaging methods. We implemented these efforts in the Seafood department. By maximizing existing deliveries, we were able to reduce total seafood transportation by 40,000 miles a week.
Our participation with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership allows us to support research that will assess the progress of how fisheries are managed and categorize the health of fish stocks through fishery improvement projects (FIPs).
You will have the opportunity to make informed decisions about how your selections affect seafood sustainability with more details on the locations of fisheries, environmental impacts, and types of fishing gear used in the process.
Find out where your seafood comes from through the Ocean Disclosure Project.
Our partnership with the Ocean Trust sustainability and restoration project supports conservation efforts, and we’re also working with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) to ensure that current and future sustainability claims meet a rigorous set of standards so that everyone can feel confident in seafood purchases.
Where does our seafood come from?
We’re proud to be the first US retailer to partner with the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP).
We’re Committed to Sustainability
We want the world to enjoy a variety of fresh, sustainable seafood—today and tomorrow. So we’ve forged alliances with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and Ocean Trust to help preserve the oceans that feed the world. Seafood sustainability is an important conservation initiative that helps protect the natural state of our oceans for years to come. We’re also working with our suppliers, National Fisheries Institute (NFI), and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to drive change and responsibility further within in the industry.