Sourcing Sustainably Caught Fish

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Our responsibility

ALDI Australia is committed to the principle of sustainability when procuring seafood and fish products. This principle is represented in the Corporate Responsibility goals that apply to the entire ALDI SOUTH group at an international level.

Our sustainable fish buying policy serves us and our business partners to affirm our commitment to sustainability when sourcing seafood and fish products. In this context, the advancement of sustainable and environmentally conscious fisheries and aquacultures represents a long-term challenge that we have to face together with our business partners.

Our Fish Buying Policy applies to all seafood and fish products (fresh, frozen and canned foods). This policy is reviewed annually in consultation with external experts and our buying team and is integrated into the buying decision making process.

Our fish buying policy is based on the following aspects:

1. Sustainable product range

2. Traceability

3. Product labelling

4. Transparent communication

5. Cooperation with partners

6. Implementation

1. Sustainable product range

We aspire to gradually expand our share of seafood and fish products sourced from certified sustainable fisheries. The objective is to actively increase sustainably sourced fish products in the following years. This means: 

  • An increase of certified seafood from aquacultures (e.g. BAP, GLOBALGAP, ASC)
  • An increase of certified seafood products from wild fisheries (e.g. MSC, ASMI)
  • Sourcing fish from healthy fish populations

Our product range is continuously evaluated by the Buying Department, taking into consideration the latest data including red-rated lists and recommendations by NGOs. Based on these assessments, the products that are categorised as critical are reviewed to assess whether alternatives are available. The assessment process is updated on an annual basis in order to ensure that changing conditions are taken into account.

Additionally, ALDI monitors biomass, fishing mortality and environmental impact ratings of all our fish stocks to ensure we do not source from overfished seas.

Rare and Endangered Species

We constantly monitor any species listed as Endangered. Vulnerable or Near Threatened on the IUCN's redlist of Threatened Species. ALDI excludes endangered and vulnerable fish and seafood species from its product range from both farmed and wild fisheries.

The Use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)

The fisheries we source from are currently working towards reducing the use of FADs, and eventual discontinued use, as a priority. ALDI will continue to to pursue FAD free product from Purse Seiners in the future.

2. Traceability

We request our suppliers ensure the traceability of all seafood and fish products delivered to ALDI Australia. Thus, our suppliers are obliged to provide additional information such as the exact catchment period, the fishing boat or the port of entry. On request, the supplier has to be able to provide information on the entire value chain (up to the fishing boat or the aquaculture).

Marine Reserves

ALDI supports no fishing zones and the closure of High Seas FAO areas 1 & 2 in the Western Central Pacific Ocean to all fishing. We do not currently, and will not, allow suppliers to fish in these areas. ALDI also supports the proposed marine reserves in the Pacific high seas FAO areas 3 & 4 and can confirm that our fish stocks are not sourced from these areas.

Illegal, Unregulated & Unreported Practices

Rates of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) activity varies greatly across regions and fishing methods. We exclude procurement of fish and seafood products from illegal sources. The companies that we work with have not been prosecuted for illegal activities related to the capture and trade of fish.

We require our suppliers' vessels operate solely within areas where license agreements are in place, and comply with monitoring and catch reporting requirements. They are also encouraged to incorporate satellite-based vessel monitoring coverage on all vessels in the WCPO and use independent observers on vessels.

Vessel blacklists are maintained by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. Suppliers check their shipping documentation against these lists to verify that their seafood was not caught illegally.

We work with our suppliers, our partners and third party auditors to ensure the facilities that produce our products, and the entire supply chain on which they are supplied, are audited annually. Traceability is confirmed through Captains Statements and IUU Certificates which are made available to ALDI by the fishing vessels supplying our stock on demand.

Equity

We support developments to increase the value of the WCPO fisheries such as the expansion of domestic fishing fleets to retain profits locally, and building processing facilities in the region to create employment and retain a greater share of the value-adding process.

3. Product labelling

To assist customers in making better informed choices, ALDI Australia and its suppliers provide for comprehensive labelling of the product range, even going beyond the statutory requirements. Thus, the following mandatory information is to be provided on the labels:

  • Common name Scientific (Latin) name
  • Production method (wild fishery or aquaculture)
  • FAO catchments area (wild fishery) or country of origin (aquaculture)
  • Country of Canning

4. Transparent communication

The ALDI Australia buying policy is accessible for all parties involved and constitutes an integral part of our business relations.

For our consumers we actively advertise seafood and fish products that are sustainably caught and produced on our website and through our catalogue.

5. Cooperation with important partners

We work closely together with our long-term suppliers in order to offer our customers an increased proportion of sustainable food choices.

We expect from our suppliers and business partners that they have drawn up guidelines to sustainably catch and produce seafood and fish products and that they have established a management system to continuously monitor the implementation of such guidelines.

Our suppliers are informed about these principles and we only work together with suppliers who comply with our Fish Buying Policy.

6. Implementation

At the international level, the ALDI SOUTH group has established international sustainability goals to support that its seafood and fish products are sustainably sourced. These goals are implemented in Australia, on the basis of national goals and requirements that also form part of our present fish buying policy.

The implementation of international goals is continuously reviewed by internal monitoring processes and internal annual reports will be provided to the Management Board, and required, modifications will be made.

Our Buying Director's actions in the scope of tendering and buying processes are geared towards an internal Action Plan, which lists all goals of our sustainable buying policy in the form of specific actions.