Sustainable wild-caught and farmed fish

For the fish products of our private labels such as Boni, Spar, Culino or Everyday we work with certification organisations (MSC and ASC) and independent researchers (ILVO) to guarantee and strengthen the sustainability. 

This initiative contributes to our objectives regarding

Published on 08/03/2022

Sustainable wild fish

We want to protect the biodiversity and natural wealth of the sea. We do this by respecting 3 basic principles:

  1. Sustainable fish stocks: we do not sell overfished or endangered fish species.
  2. Reducing the impact on other marine life as much as possible: Our suppliers do no use fishing methods that damage the seabed or result in excessive levels of by-catches. (‘by-catch’ means marine animals that are caught unintentionally during fishing for a different species.)
  3. Effective fisheries management : We only work with fisheries that put in place an effective and responsible fisheries management.
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Colruyt Group chooses the Marine Stewardship Council-standard (MSC) for all fish species it is available for. MSC is an international and reputable certification that respects the 3 aforementioned basic principles and is based on scientific insights. MSC covers the assessment of fisheries, verification by means of independent audits, and the traceability of all fish. MSC-certified products have the MSC-label on their packaging.

If MSC-certification is not available for a particular fish species, we ask ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research) to carry out an independent evaluation. They apply the same 3 basic principles. 

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97.6 %

MSC certified or ILVO verified private label wild fish and shellfish products (without preparations and preserves) in 2020 

Sustainably farmed fish with ASC label

All fish farms that supply to us undertake to respect responsible fish and shellfish farming principles. They do this by:

  • Ecosystems and minimising the environmental impact
  • Avoiding water pollution
  • Only using sustainable fish feed
  • Applying strict standards for the use of antibiotics and other medication. The use of antibiotics is strictly limited to emergencies and in some cases even completely prohibited (e.g. in scampi farming).
  • Appropriate work practices and closely monitoring the social conditions in the fish farms. 
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Colruyt Group has opted to use the Aquaculture Stewardship Council-standard (ASC) for all fish and shellfish for which it is available. ASC is an international and reputable certification that respects stringent sustainability principles, both in terms of the environment and social responsibility. ASC covers the assessment of fisheries, verification by means of independent audits, and the traceability of all fish. ASC-certified products have the ASC-label on their packaging. 

If ASC-certification is not available for a particular fish species, we ask ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research) to carry out an independent evaluation. They apply the same 3 basic principles. 

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92.2 %

private label farmed fish and shellfish are ASC or BIO certified in 2020 

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100 %

private label farmed fish and shellfish are ASC or BIO certified in 2020 

Sustainable farmed fish with organic label

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In addition to ASC, Colruyt Group also offers farmed fish with the European organic label. This guarantees the fish was farmed organically. The standards are certified by the European Union and verified by independent checks throughout the chain.

What does the EU Organic Label mean in practice? 

  • Fish are given organic feed (without GMOs).
  • They have more room to swim in the water (lower fish density than conventionally farmed fish).
  • Natural treatments are preferred.
  • Dyestuff is prohibited.
  • Continuous environmental monitoring limits the environmental footprint to a minimum.      
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