At Sykes we are aware that as a major importer of fresh and frozen fish and seafood we hold a level of responsibility. We utilise our own trusted brands, we’re committed to sourcing from sustainable locations, and we’re well managed throughout the company including our fishing areas and aquaculture regions.
We manage take pride and full responsibility for a supply chain that spans interactions from catch to customer. Our range of customers from retail to wholesale to foodservice all now want a transparent supply chain. The demand for full traceability has increased bringing added pressure for suppliers but at Sykes we want to keep standards high and remain accountable.
We impart our own high standards and expectations through this supply chain, and we pro-actively work with and support a range of organisations who are dedicated to the improvement and long term sustainability of fish stock globally.
Sykes procurement process prioritises sustainable considerations as first priority when sourcing fish and seafood.
Before approval to supply, we consider fish stock levels, fishery management, sustainable and best aquaculture practices. From here, we continually monitor the changing situations with up to date information, not only from our suppliers but across the seafood industry.
We continue to work to ensure that wherever possible the fish and seafood we supply to our customer base is responsibly sourced and subsequently produced.
IUU stands for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. IUU fishing is a large problem for the seafood industry as it depletes fish stock and destroys marine habitats. Sykes supports and strictly adheres to EU Regulations, introduced in 2010, requiring all fishers products entering the EU are certified by the exporting country as having been legally and reported so accordingly.
MSC and ASC
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent and non-profit organisation which addresses the problem of unsustainable fishing by setting standards for sustainable fishing of wild fish. Whereas ASC sets standards for farmed fish. Fisheries that wish to demonstrate they are well managed and sustainable are assessed by a team of experts who are independent of both the fishery and the MSC Seafood products. Businesses can only display the blue MSC ecolabel if their seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to a fishery that has also been certified against the MSC standards. Here at Sykes, we can proudly display this ecolabel.
The Global G.A.P. Aquaculture Standard applies to a diversity of fish, crustaceans and molluscs and extends to all hatchery-based farm species, as well as the passive collection of seedlings in the planktonic phase. Aquaculture producers are also required to source the compound feed used at the aquatic farming and hatchery levels. Sykes, again, proudly displays the Global G.A.P aquaculture standard. The standard cover the entire production chain, from brook stock, seedlings and feed suppliers to farming, harvesting, processing and post-harvest handling operations. It serves as a practical manual for any aquaculture producer, ensuring food safety, minimal environmental impact and compliance with animal welfare and worker health and safety requirements.
GAA Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP)
The Global Aquaculture Alliance is an international, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture. GAA recognises that aquaculture is the only sustainable means of increasing seafood supply to meet the food needs of the world’s growing population. Through the development of its Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards, GAA has become the leading standards-setting organisation for aquaculture. Sykes Manufacturing production facility in Liverpool, UK has just been awarded BAP accreditation, making it Europe’s first and only BAP facility of its sort.
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