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Canada Safeway achieves 92% of seafood commitment

Nearly all frozen and fresh seafood is now procured from sustainable sources, says retailer.

In 2011, Canada Safeway made an important commitment to shift their procurement of fresh and frozen seafood to sustainable sources.

Over the past five years it has worked towards this goal and in 2015, 92 percent of seafood sold was from sustainable sources.

This marks a large improvement from 2012 where only 51 per cent of seafood sold met Safeway’s commitment.

Canada Safeway partnered with SeaChoice in 2011 as part of their corporate social responsibility mandate.

The core of Canada Safeway’s policy stated that by 2015, all fresh and frozen seafood will be sourced from sustainable sources, or be in a credible improvement project.

Many red-listed species including Russian king crab, shark, barramundi, and squid have been completely eliminated, leaving only a few species such as salmon and rockfish.

The transition of remaining red-listed species is well underway - red-ranked farmed salmon is being replaced by green ranked land-based farmed Kuterra salmon and Safeway is working towards only sourcing yellow ranked Canadian rockfish.