Sustainability

At SEABINA, we pride ourselves on our long-standing commitment to operating a socially and environmentally responsible business. We realize that our sustainability obligations don’t end when the seafood is caught, but extend all the way through the processing, packaging, and delivery to our customers.

We request and encourage our suppliers fully apply for catching, farming, processing and delivery sustainably according to the following global standards: BAP, ASC, Global GAP, MSCFOS, BRC, IFS and ISO 

 

Capture/fishing methods

We will not source seafood caught using fishing methods known to be particularly damaging to other marine species, and resulting in unacceptable by-catch of non-targeted species such as turtles, dolphins and seabirds. Capture methods must be the most selective available and we favour the following:

 Line caught: hand line or rod and line

 Pole and line or troll

 Potting or creeling

 Traps

 Diver caught

 Hand gathered, hand raked

 Ring netting (small scale, e.g. vessels under 15m)

 Mid water pelagic trawling

Where trawl nets are used mesh size should be appropriate to the size at which the target species matures. The insertion of separator or square mesh panels, grids or other available technology should also be used to increase the selectivity of the fishery and reduce by-catch and discard rates to an absolute minimum. 

Where pelagic or bottom set nets are used the fishery must be able to demonstrate a commitment in minimizing by-catch of marine mammals and birds by adoption of appropriate measures such as use of acoustic devices or pingers; observer monitoring; and restrictions on soak times for example. 

Beam trawling will require an environmental impact assessment which indicates that the nature and composition of the sea bed and benthic fauna are resistant to any long term ecological which can be caused by this fishing method. Long-line fisheries must be able to demonstrate a commitment to minimizing by catch by adoption of appropriate seabird deterrent or Turtle excluding devices.

 

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 Breeding Season and seafood size

We discourage the capture of seafood just prior to or during their breeding season. We will not source seafood below the minimum landing size (MLS). Where the MLS is below the minimum size at which a species reproduces, we will engage with our supply base to ensure they do not source such juveniles. We aim to source from fisheries able to demonstrate sustainable management of the stock through effective quotas based on scientific advice and stock assessments, with provision for zone closures to allow protection of spawning and nursery grounds.

 

 Exclusion to trading- SEABINA wild caught red list We will never knowingly source seafood that is:

Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) or deal with suppliers implicated in practices such as

o Exceeding quota limits

o Fishing outside prescribed areas

o Using banned fishing methods

o Capture and sale of non-target species

 From any company involved in capturing or processing warm blooded animals such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions.

 From any company involved in capturing or processing “shark finning”

 Classified as endangered or under threat as detailed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species and will be used as a source of reference.

 Captured using destructive fishing methods such as dynamite and cyanide.

 

 Aquaculture Feed requirements

All ingredients used in the manufacture of feeds must be approved for the purpose under relevant national and EC legislation. We will only approve aquaculture feeds where the source of the fishmeal and fish oil, supplying fisheries and capture methods are identified. We aim to source feed using solely ‘IFFO RS’ certified fish meal and fish oil. However, we recognise this is not always the best policy to address certain localised fishery issues.

We are aware that certain Non-Targeted Mixed Fisheries (NTMF), including fisheries that supply fishmeal and fish oil to aquaculture, are not well managed & there are some unsustainable practices. Rather than boycott these sources and let the fisheries continue as they are, we support and are actively engaged in the International work being undertaken to address and improve management of such fisheries.

We also require our suppliers to clearly demonstrate that active measures are being taken to drive improved practice and management in these fisheries. We also have an active programme to reduce fishmeal content in feeds and support R&D into alternative protein sources. However, the inclusion of the following ingredients and substances are not permitted in the diets of aquaculture species

 

 Mammalian proteins (other than products permitted under EU law for technical purposes), meals, fats or by-products

 Avian proteins, meals, fats or by-products

 Blood products

 Feather meal

 Ingredients containing viable parasites or human or shrimp pathogens

 Antibiotics as growth promoters or digestion enhancers

 Veterinary medicines other than those included on the formal instructions of the nominated veterinary surgeon. Guarantees must be obtained from the feed manufacturers on measures to eliminate the possibility of contamination of non-medicated feeds by in-feed veterinary medicines.

 Colouring agents and pigments other than those specifically approved for the purpose

 Substances likely to cause tainting of the flesh. 

 

 Mangrove & Wetland

In the past, some shrimp farming has contributed to damage of mangrove forests and other wetland areas where they have displaced important natural habitats. We require our suppliers to protect this valuable ecological resource. We will not source from farming operations known to damage wetlands except for allowable purposes, which shall be mitigated by contributing to mangrove or wetland restoration programs.

 

 Effluent & water quality management

We require all suppliers to work towards the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) criteria for effluent management and BAP water quality.

 

 Waste handling

Wastes and by-products must be disposed of with minimal impacts on the environment. Farming operations should comply with relevant environmental and other legislation.

 

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 Animal Welfare & Husbandry

The farming systems (broodstock, egg incubation, growing and harvesting) must provide an environment that provides for normal behaviour and growth. This will include understanding and control of appropriate stocking densities, access to food, disease avoidance and control, humane slaughter. A high regard for fish health and welfare must be demonstrable through high standards of husbandry at all stages of the fish lifecycle. 

The process of eyestalk ablation is widely used in shrimp reproduction facilities to stimulate spawning. This is to date the only technique ensuring the required volumes of eggs/baby shrimps are produced without any chemical or genetic manipulation of the animal. 

We support R&D into alternate methods of reproduction and until successful, require that eye stalk ablation is undertaken by fully trained personnel and under controlled conditions without any unnecessary distress to the shrimp.

 

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 Drug and chemical management

The safety of our products is paramount and aquaculture operations must reflect this. Compliance with legislative requirements (both current exporting countries and EU legislation) is critical for control of microbiological and chemical hazards. Animal diets used in aquaculture must be monitored and appropriately tested for routine and pathogenic microorganisms, veterinary residues, heavy metals and organic pollutants. 

Antibiotics or chemicals that are proactively prohibited in both the producing country and the import country must not be used in feeds, pond additives or any other treatment. 

We favour modern anti-biotic free aquaculture, but where legal antibiotics are utilised, they must only be when absolutely needed and not on a routine basis. Withdrawal periods prior to harvest must be fully documented. When used on shrimp farms, sulphites shall be handled responsibly to control risks to consumers and the environment. 

 

 Palm oil policy

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil. The principal objective of the RSPO is “to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders.”  

Any palm oil or palm oil derivatives used in our products must be sourced through an RSPO certified sustainable supply chain system.

 

 Soya Policy

There are serious concerns over the deforestation of the Amazon region to make room for farmland, much of which is used to grow Soya. Soya is one of the key ingredients in the feed used in products of aquaculture. We require our suppliers do not use Soya from the Amazon region. 

 

 Packaging policy

We are committed to ensuring our packaging is sourced responsibly with minimal impact on the environment. The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. 

FSC certification ensures that products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. All cardboard and paper products used in SEABINA products must be PEFC or FSC certified 

 

Ethical Trading & Human Rights

We are very conscious of the responsibility we share with our suppliers for the welfare and safety of workers who produce the goods we buy, manufacture and sell. We are committed to ensure all our products are sourced and produced under a minimum set of socially equitable criteria. We support the principles of the ETI Base Code which is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.

 

 Employment is freely chosen

 Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

 Working conditions are safe and hygienic

 Child labour shall not be used

 Living wages are paid

 Working hours are not excessive

 No discrimination are practiced

 Regular employment is provided

 No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

We expect our suppliers to adopt the ETI base code as a minimum standard and to see ethical trading performance improving continuously We respect the UNIVERSAL DELARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, United General Assembly on December 10, 1984 and engage our suppliers in an improvement process. 

We request all of our suppliers are audited according to social standards such as BSCI, SA8000SMETA or equivalent independent audit schemes and do not accept non-compliances in the following categories: Child Labour, Forced Labour, Slavery Labour, Safety and lack of supplier commitment to perform a social audit. We will work together with our suppliers to achieve a responsible supply chain that acts according to the principle, respect for all.  

 

References

Download policy paper 8: Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing (in English only) 

 

 

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