Woolworths takes action on sustainable seafood

Woolworths and WWF Australia PartnershipSupermarket giant Woolworths has partnered with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia to assess its own brand seafood and improve sustainable sourcing in the industry.

WWF Australia will apply traceability standard so that shoppers will have an easier time in choosing sustainably produced seafood.

“Our oceans and marine life stocks are under increasing pressure as global populations grow and as demand for seafood soars. The Woolworths-WWF-Australia partnership is built on the shared commitment to build more sustainable fishing and aquaculture industries,” Woolworths general manager Quality, Sustainability and Health, Alex Holt said.

“We know our customers are enjoying more seafood each year and they are becoming increasingly more interested in knowing where their seafood is sourced from. Raising awareness of sustainably sourced products is an ongoing priority for Woolworths, as is ensuring that all the seafood of offer at our seafood counter as well as own brand seafood products, comes from sustainable sources. WWF-Australia brings decades of experience helping businesses improve the sustainability of their operations, and we’re excited to partner with them.”

Woolworths seafood sales have increased by around 7 per cent in the past year. Recent research shows that over 80 per cent of consumers believe that seafood should be protected for future generations to enjoy.

“Globally, WWF works with major buyers like Woolworths to improve their supply chain management and leverage their purchasing power to promote more sustainable production of seafood,” Jo-anne McCrea, WWF-Australia’s Seafood lead, said.

“Working together with Woolworths will create real on the ground conservation outcomes for our precious marine environments. We will help Woolworths select seafood that minimises impacts on our oceans and marine life; work directly with fishing and aquaculture operations to help them improve sustainable practices where necessary; and make it easier for [supermarket’s] customers to choose responsibly produced seafood. We are delighted to support Woolworths as they work towards a more sustainable future.”

The partnership includes a signatory to the Australian Seafood Traceability Statement, an industry-led business commitment towards best practice in traceability across the seafood supply chain and ‘Whichfish’, an online tool developed by the Fisheries Research and Development Cooperation to help businesses understand the environmental risks associated with the seafood they buy and sell.

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