Our Oceans Are in Limited Supply
Like any natural resource, we appreciate that what’s in our oceans is a limited supply. Sadly, poor fishing practices threaten the health of our ocean’s ecosystems and risk the destruction of essential fish stocks. Our fish and seafood policy means customers can support responsible fishing and farming by shopping at ALDI.
Our Devotion to the Ocean
We’re proud to have been recognised as Australia’s most responsible supermarket for our commitment to sourcing tuna responsibly by Greenpeace. Our entire canned tuna range is sourced responsibly, and our customers can find out where their tuna comes from by using the ‘trace your tuna’ tool on our website (find out more below).
We are working with our suppliers to ensure greater traceability across our range, and to allow us to continuously review and improve the sustainability of our seafood products. To help us do so, we have an ongoing partnership with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), an independent NGO that helps to reduce the impact of fishing and fish farming around the world. The SFP helps us to measure the sustainability of our seafood ranges, and to engage with our suppliers so we can improve fishing and farming practices throughout our supply chain.
When you see the Future Fish logo on pack, it means that product has been independently certified as sustainably fished, responsibly farmed, or sourced from a fishery that is actively improving the conservation of wild fish populations - it’s the kind of sea change we can all be proud of!
Future Fish products are either:
- Certified sustainable by one of the following certification schemes: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) (minimum 2 Stars) or Global G.A.P.
- Sourced from a healthy fish population as assessed by SFP based on method of catch, maximum sustainable yield and total allowable catch.
- Sourced from a fishery or farm that is participating in a fishery/aquaculture improvement project.
Our customers can only make choices based on the information that’s available to them, so we appreciate how important it is to be transparent with our labelling. You certainly won’t find any fishy business on the labels of our seafood!
We’re proud of our record on responsible fish, so all of our seafood products are labelled with detailed information on what’s inside. From the scientific and common names of the fish to their country of origin, we also include information on whether the product was fished or farmed, as well as the area of the fishery it comes from.
Trace Your Tuna
Ever wondered where your tuna comes from? Not any more – you can trace any tuna that you buy in ALDI, right here. All you need to do is enter the ‘FAO’ number printed on the top of each can to find out more detailed information on the where the fish was caught.
All of our canned tuna is now fully traceable to the area where it was caught*. We only buy from suppliers, manufacturing facilities or vessels that are members of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), which ensures that catch quotas and fishing seasons are respected.
ALDI’s entire canned tuna range is sourced using only responsible catch methods. We may be big, but we can also think small, so all of the yellowfin tuna in our Ocean Rise products are caught one-by-one using the Pole and Line method. We also guarantee that all our yellowfin tuna is sourced from the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO), which has some of the healthiest populations of tuna in the world.
By using the Pole and Line method, which reduces accidental ‘by-catch’ and selects only adult fish, our policy is helping to conserve yellowfin tuna and other marine animals in the WCPO.
It’s not just our yellowfin tuna that’s responsibly sourced. The skipjack tuna in our Portview products is also caught responsibly. We source it from across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, where populations are healthy, and we only use ships and nets that are free from damaging ‘Fish Aggregating Devices’ (FADs). We only use FAD-free fishing methods because this greatly reduces the number of other species of fish that can be accidentally caught, as they are designed to specifically target skipjack tuna only.
*Information is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations website. ALDI provides a link to this information.