GRIMSBY based salmon specialist JCS Fish has joined the Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP), becoming the first seafood supplier to voluntarily disclose its farmed seafood sourcing through the initiative.
The family owned company will share information about the origins of its farmed salmon and trout products.
Its ODP profile contains a list of its farmed seafood sources, alongside information on the country of origin, certification, and environmental impact of farmed production.
Jack Coulbeck, commercial manager for JCS Fish, said: ‘We are delighted to share our sourcing data through the ODP. People are increasingly interested in the provenance of their food and we believe transparency is vital to ensure our customers rely on us for responsibly sourced fish.
‘We have already committed to use only GlobalG.A.P. certified salmon in our Big Fish brand, and across the business 91 per cent of our salmon is from certified farms. We expect to reach 100 per cent certified within the next six months.’
Tania Woodcock, project manager for the ODP, said: ‘We are pleased to welcome JCS Fish to the Ocean Disclosure Project as the first seafood supplier to disclose its farmed sources.
‘The company’s commitment to responsibly farmed seafood is clear from its profile, which highlights the high proportion of farmed seafood sourced from farms certified to a recognised standard.’
JCS Fish has a turnover of £8.5 million and employs 50 people at its headquarters at Grimsby’s fish dock
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership started the ODP in 2015 to provide an information resource for investors, seafood consumers, and others interested in sustainable seafood.
To date, 22 other companies, including retailers, suppliers, and aquaculture feed manufacturers from Europe, North America and Australia have participated.