At Market District, our Fresh Seafood Department is not only swimming with everything from bass to walleye, but our Fishmongers are on board with everything you need to know to prepare your catch. Plus, you can feel good about the fact that we are 100% committed to our Sustainable Seafood Policy, which we are happy to share with you now!
Our Sustainable Seafood Commitment — How We’re Helping
Our Seafood Buyers are passionate about making sure you can feel good about the seafood you take home from Market District. When sourcing seafood, we follow deeply held principles for responsible fishery management and long-term sustainability, including:
Limiting stock depletion by sourcing a broad variety of species.
Choosing species based on responsible fishery practices in addition to customer demand.
Forging partnerships that allow direct access to fishermen.
Actively supporting many Fishery Improvement Projects, including, but not limited to:
- Advocating awareness and overall industry improvements via donations to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
- Requiring all major suppliers to share information in order to grade them for sustainable sourcing practices.
- Actively working with the Global Aquaculture Alliance to help suppliers with a two-star Best Aquaculture Practices rating improve to a four-star rating.
- Meeting with industry partners and petitioning government councils and officials for stricter regulations and habitat protection.
Keeping abreast of industry activity and nurturing partnerships by attending and participating in sustainability summits and conferences.
The U.S. boasts some of the best managed fisheries in the world. We’re proud to support U.S. fisheries in Alaska, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and local Lake Erie. Not only does our investment drive local economies, but it ensures that future generations will enjoy the bounty of these waters as well.
Our Canned Tuna Policy
Market District is one of the first U.S. grocers to develop an ethical Canned Tuna Policy. It is our goal to source tuna exclusively from healthy, well-managed stocks in fisheries using the most current environmentally and socially responsible methods for harvesting and by catch reduction. We pledge that our canned tuna will be GMO and BPA free, as well as priced reasonably.
A Commitment to Our Oceans & Our Future
Responsible, sustainable fishing practices that promote the long-term health and biodiversity of our planet’s oceans and waterways are a top concern at Market District, as they are for many of our customers. That’s why we actively work with a number of organizations, including Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).
The SFP is our guiding resource, providing us with assessments of the seafood we sell and ensuring that we are working with the most responsible fisheries. The GAA sets high industry standards for aquaculture practices that strive to minimize environmental impacts on our world’s fisheries. With their help and guidance, we carefully source and sell more than 60 different species of fish — both farm-raised and wild-caught — from more than 70 fisheries worldwide. And, our new Nature’s Basket® shrimp is rated 4-star via Best Aquaculture Practices.
Clearly, our commitment to seafood sustainability is a long-term one. By working for continuous improvement and pursuing clear, responsible policies for the procurement of the seafood we sell every day, you can trust that our Seafood Experts are making sound, conscientious decisions on you and your family’s behalf that will benefit our shared ecosystems for generations to come.
Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Seafood:
What’s the Difference?
Wild-caught seafood is caught by fishermen in its natural fresh or saltwater environment. Farm-raised seafood is raised in aquaculture fisheries in ponds, lakes and native coastal saltwater.