Portsmouth seafood firm hits 99% of 'sustainable' source goal
Keith A. Decker, president and chief operating officer of High Liner Foods in Portsmouth, with some of the High Liner products consumers might see on the grocery store shelf. The company says it has achieved 99 percent of its goal to source its seafood from “certified sustainable or responsible” fisheries and aquaculture. (/UNION LEADER FILE)
High Liner Foods’ sustainability benchmarks, via its announcement, included:
• Achieved 98 percent of its commitment to tilapia and 91 percent for shrimp. Combined, those species totaled 196 million pounds of product purchased in 2013.
The company said it remains committed that 100 percent of wild-caught or farmed fish products will come from certified sources. Fisheries or farms that are not certified as sustainable must be on a clear path toward certification, and High Liner Foods will work with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, to reach that sustainability goal, the company said.
High Liner Foods effort included its director of sustainability to work across the company to identify and track materials. It includes focus on packaging, energy efficiency, carbon footprint and social responsibility.
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