Sustainable Fishing

Sustainable Fishing

Going Blue is our commitment to sustainable fishing.

What is Sustainable Fishing?

Sustainable fishing is based on the principle of sustainable development. It must meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the needs generations to come. For a catch to be considered sustainable, different environmental, economic, and social measures must be in place.

Going Blue: IGA's Commitment

With the goal of continually improving the range of sustainably harvested products we offer, we have made a commitment to:

  1. Encourage suppliers who adopt sustainable fishing practices and encourage those who are committed to improving their fishing practices.
  2. Offer an increasing number of sustainably harvested fish species.
  3. Inform and advise our customers to help them make enlightened choices.

A Collective Commitment

At IGA, we require our suppliers to provide credible, pertinent information about the sustainability of their products. We ask them to make sure their current fishing practices do not have any negative environmental or social impacts, and to implement an action plan to reduce any such impacts as needed.

Species Certification: An Exacting Job

To offer products that meet our sustainable fishing criteria, IGA is working with different recognized, independent organizations including Ocean Wise, Sea Choice, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) and SFP (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership).

A Closer Look at Fish
We have already delisted several species that do not meet our sustainable fishing criteria including:
  • Skate
  • New Zealand hoki (blue grenadier)
  • Orange roughy
  • Bluefin tuna
  • Chilean sea bass
  • Shark

Non-GMO salmon

At IGA, we order only non-GMO salmon from our suppliers, even though genetically modified salmon is legal and approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the fish sold at IGA come from?

Most of our fish is sourced from different parts of the world. However, at IGA, we ensure that Quebec species are available in season, and we are committed to providing sustainably fished local products, such as northern shrimp, lobster, snow crab, mackerel, and mussels.

Which organizations issue "sustainable fishing" certification?

There are several certification and classification organizations. At IGA, we are working in conjunction with them to offer the greatest possible variety of sustainably fished products. The associations include Ocean Wise, Sea Choice, and SFP (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership), independent organizations that provide us with credible information.

Are your private label products certified?

A good number of our private label products are certified by MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) or BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices), a guarantee that they are sustainably fished.

How can you be certain that so-called certified species were actually sustainably fished? Do you have someone involved in the verification process at the source?

long with Norref, our sourcing partner, we are working with different independent organizations to offer products that meet our sustainable fishing criteria.

Some of these recognized certification organizations include Ocean Wise, Sea Choice, MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), BAP (Best Aquaculture Practices) and SFP (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership).

Do you have any questions?

Ask the experts at your IGA seafood department. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you select the right products for you!

You can also contact Customer Care:

Montreal area: (514) 324-8254
Outside Montreal: 1-800-465-2139

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