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FMI Members Support Seafood Sustainability

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
26 January 2009, at 12:00am

VIRGINIA, US - The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Board of Directors adopted a new policy at its recent January meeting stating that FMI members support programs to promote a sustainable seafood supply.

To achieve this goal, FMI encourages members to learn about the issues that relate to seafood sustainability and how they can be applied within companies; utilize sustainable seafood resources available from FMI and others to educate company and store associates; consider the sustainability of the seafood supply in the development of procurement policies and explore sustainable seafood certification programs.

"FMI will work in partnership with the seafood industry, environmental organizations and other experts to develop guidelines to promote the long-term viability of the world’s seafood supply", said an FMI report.

“The industry recognizes that sustaining the world’s fisheries is critical to preserving the environment. It is also essential that supermarkets provide customers the variety of seafood needed for a healthy diet,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and chief executive officer.”

This policy grew out of an initiative by the FMI Sustainable Seafood Working Group, part of its Sustainability Task Force, formed in 2007 to identify issues that can be resolved on an industrywide basis.

The Working Group is developing guidelines to help companies create seafood sustainability programs. It is seeking common standards and practices, consulting with groups such as the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, composed of the world’s leading environmental organizations.

Posted on the FMI website are case studies of retailers that have partnered with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop seafood sustainability programs, and a 22-page list of resources, including seafood industry associations, certification programs, environmental groups and seafood sustainability experts.

Further Reading

- Find out more about these reports by clicking here.

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