At Seattle Fish Co., we understand that the success of our business depends upon a healthy environment. In addition to our long-standing support of sustainable fishing principles and sustainable seafood, we are continually working to uphold our position as leaders in sustainable business practices, too. With the formation of the SFC Green Team, Seattle Fish Co. has opened a powerful new forum for innovative ideas and initiatives—within our industry and around the world.
Seattle Fish Co. is proud to be the first Colorado seafood distributor to obtain certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an eco-labeling organization designed to ensure that seafood can be traced back to a sustainable fishery. Our affiliation with industry thought leaders such as MSC has led to smart shifts in the way we purchase our products, including becoming experts on the specific fisheries and the formation of partnerships intended to provide customers with more sustainable options.
“We’ve made a conscious effort to practice sustainability,
and we’re committed to improving the well-being of our industry.”
– James Iacino, president and CEO of Seattle Fish Co.
Armed with increased awareness about our international supply chain, the SFC Green Team identified numerous ways to improve local operations. Recent accomplishments include dramatic adjustments to corporate practices and policies, as well as energy-saving improvements to our facilities. We’re especially proud of our solar array, which reduces our annual carbon emissions by an estimated 285,000 pounds.
Our efforts have produced powerful results. Thanks to our lighting retrofit, we’ve reduced our light-energy consumption by 75 percent; our water audits have reduced consumption by 38 percent; and we use only 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. But while numbers are a bit more measurable, we don’t discount the power of perception. Increased public awareness has gone a long way toward dispelling damaging sustainability myths, which we hope will be the rising tide that ultimately lifts the entire industry.
Seattle Fish Co. has a long-term strategy for sustainability and is committed to encouraging wide-scale change. Future goals include obtaining ISO 14001 Certification, as well as decreasing total waste, water and energy use across the entire operation by 15 percent. Additionally, we’re excited to continue our work with vendors and partners to influence sustainable fishing regulations throughout the seafood industry. Visit the Seafood page to view a list of our sustainable products. Seattle Fish Co. has made an unwavering commitment toward sustainability, both in seafood sourcing and internal “green” practices. Over the past two years, the company has reached numerous sustainability milestones.
At Seattle Fish Co., our zeal for seafood is unmatched. That’s why we’re so invested in the health and interaction of the seafood environment, as well as the accountability of the people who catch and/or farm seafood. We’re proud to be one of the founding members of Sea Pact, a first-of-its-kind environmental nonprofit formed through an alliance of nine seafood distributors dedicated to fostering sustainable fishing and fish farming practices in North America and around the world. Together, we’re making an impact by investing in our fishing communities and sourcing responsibly.
Members of Sea Pact include: Albion Fisheries, AC Coverts, Fortune Fish & Gourmet, Ipswich Shellfish Group, J.J. McDonnell, Santa Monica Seafood, Seacore Seafood, Seattle Fish Co. and Stavis Seafoods.