Consumers and trade buyers are more aware than ever of the long-term footprint of fish and seafood products. People are increasingly seeking out fish and seafood independently verified as being from legal and sustainable fisheries.
In seafood, sustainability certification is an industry-led, voluntary process that proves a fishery is well-managed and sustainable regardless of size, type or location. 97% of Canadian lobsters come from fisheries independently-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, which ensures Canadian lobsters are sustainable and traceable..
Some countries require proof that fish and seafood imports are not illegal or from unreported or unregulated fisheries, and most certifications use a chain of custody to track products throughout the supply chain.